PRESS ARTICLE: A Peaceful Weekend

article-11-10-01A peaceful weekend
Mornington Mail, Thursday, October 11, 2001
Article & photo by Keith Platt
[photo caption: “Seawinds at sundown”]

A WEEKEND of peace is planned for the Mornington Peninsula at the end of October.

A peace vigil will be held at Seawinds at Arthurs Seat and Amnesty International will sell candles in Mornington and Rosebud.

“We’ve had a lot of visitors to the website, and quite a few phone calls requesting more information, or just expressing support,” Sally McLean, one of the peace vigil organisers said.

“It’s fantastic to see the community getting behind the vigil so strongly and in such a positive way.”

Ms McLean believed the response “has a lot to do with the vigil being independent from anyone organisation, religion or government body”.

“It’s simply a chance for people to take some space within our wider community, take a moment to reaffirm what’s important, without any agenda except the wish for global peace. That’s why the vigil is a non-denominational and non-political event – it makes this process that much simpler.”

The peace vigil will begin at Seawinds Gardens, Arthurs Seat at 5pm on Saturday, October 27 and end at sunset with the lighting of candles overlooking Port Phillip Bay.

The public has been invited to submit thoughts on peace and cultural diversity at the vigil’s web site. some of which will be read out on the night.

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Amnesty International’s candle days are on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27.

Mornington Peninsula Amnesty International Group Will have an information stall in Main St, Mornington and Rosebud on the Saturday.

The annual October candle day is Amnesty International Australia’s only major fundraising event.

Amnesty members around Australia collect donations and become actively involved as “human rights defenders”.

Amnesty International does not accept any government finance and depends on public donations.