Peace Poles.

ROTARY 100 DOWN UNDER PEACE POLE PROJECT – As part of the celebration of 100 years of Rotary in Australia, Rotary Clubs from around Australia were invited by the Rotary Club of Canberra Burley Griffin, to become involved in a joint Centenary project by donating a Peace Pole to a Primary School in their local area.

Peace Poles are planted bearing the Universal Peace Message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”

Each pole and the message symbolise our common wish for a World at Peace. They stand as a silent vigil for peace, reminding us to think and act in the spirit of peace.

This Peace Pole project is a joint project between the Kardinia Rotary Club and the Corio Bay Rotary Club. Kardinia Rotary Club President Henry Brockman, Kerry Woodman of Kardinia Rotary and Corio Bay Rotary Club President Deb Furlan handed over the Peace Poles to Ken Massari of Northern Bay College.

The peace message is written in four languages, one on each side of the 4-sided Peace Pole based on language usage in each school. In this case, the four languages on each of the 4 Peace Poles are representative of the cultural diversity of each of the four primary school campuses of Northern Bay College. The languages include Karen, Swahili, Dari, Arabic, Urdu, Tamil and English. Northern Bay College campuses are proudly diverse schools with 1/3 of students speaking a language other than English.

The Peace Poles were accepted as both a symbol of Rotary’s support of Northern Bay College and a commitment to world peace and understanding.

They were installed by Northern Bay College at each of the 4 Primary School Campuses and unveiled as part of Harmony Day celebrations in March.

Photo: Wexford College unveil their Peace Poles as part of their Harmony Day celebrations on Monday.