Creating a path for peace


Photo By Razia Osmani

Rotary Club Perth on ANZAC Day

Sharni Hamann, Reporter

Anzac Day was commemorated nationwide last Thursday with crowds showing their respect, appreciation and condolences for our nations troops.

Perth has many plaques and memorials for the victims of war however there aren’t many plaques for victims of other forms of violence.

The Rotary Club of Perth has initiated a project called Rotary Path to Peace that is working towards having a permanent feature for these victims.

Its key focus is “peace, and conflict prevention/resolution” which has enabled the project to be supported by the United Nations Association of Australia WA (UNAAWA).

Jurgen Baumhoff, both a member of the Rotary Club of Perth and a UNAAWA volunteer, spoke to NewsVineWA.

The basic idea of the project is to have “a place where the local community can go to learn about all other areas of violence and how can they be involved to stop any kind of violence and foster peace,” said Baumhoff.

The forms of violence acknowledged by the project are inclusive of all ages and races including, but not limited to, victims of violence that are domestic, criminal or interracial.

“Our aim is to educate our community in Western Australia but also help to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” said Baumhoff.

The project falls under the 16th goal: peace, justice and strong institutions. Its aim is to create and encourage peaceful and inclusive communities.

Although the location hasn’t been determined yet, the aim is to have the memorial in a prominent place, such as a botanical garden. Inspired by the Rotary club’s symbol, the idea is to have the 24 spokes of the symbol correlate to 24 plaques along a pathway for visitors to read, engage and reflect on the information presented essentially creating an “outdoor museum”.

Its key idea is educating people which Baumhoff explained is “how we can continue to foster peace and prevent conflict.”

It can be challenging to grasp the impact and effect of many forms of violence in the world, both domestic and international. However, educating people on how they can avoid violence, how they can detect it and how they can support victims, even with something as small as a plaque, is a small step taken in fostering peace.

The project is in progress with the next meeting being held on Friday 3 May.