World peace seems to be a forgotten dream in our society , with the proliferation of war, terrorism and violence in our communities.
The World Peace Association was established in the aftermath of the bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945. It sole purpose is to establish World Peace Bells around the world to promote world peace.
The Association has donated to the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin, and through it to the Australian community, a magnificent bronze World Peace Bell. Local architects and associated consultants have designed a widely acclaimed pavilion which is based on the Japanese “fan”, and land has been donated by the ACT Government on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Plans for the project have been approved by all levels of government and we are now ready to commence construction.
When completed, a program of events will be maintained by the Rotary Club to celebrate World Peace on significant dates as suggested by local communities, organisations and schools. Already the Australian War Memorial has asked that it be rung on Armistice Day, others wish to commemorate the Japanese Tohoku tsunami disaster, the MH 17 and 370 disasters, whilst others wish to have events to recognize family and community violence. An important role for the Peace Bell will be to gather community support to send a strong message to our leaders to never forget the ideal of world peace.
Funding is sought to now acquire the materials for the pavilion, the landscaping of surrounding gardens and the installation of Canberra’s only World Peace Bell.
A collection of articles, drawings and expressions of support from young students are available on the project’s website: canberrapeacebell.org.