Canberra walking festival handover to Rotary Peace Walk

Announcing The Aussie Peace Walk

Jul 15, 2020

It is with great pleasure that we announce the inaugural Rotary Aussie Peace Walk.

Our primary aim is to encourage understanding and peaceful resolutions to life’s challenges. We also want to prevent the deaths of hundreds of children in our neighbouring Pacific Islands.

When most people hear the word ‘Peace’, they think of ‘war’ and a breakdown of international relations. But ‘peace’ is much more than that.

Peace begins at home. Before there can be peace in the world you must first have peace in your heart. 

The Aussie Peace Walk is not a race; it is a walk.

We want everyone to go on a journey together. People of all ages, and nationalities and interests. We want you to meet each other; to talk and seek to understand. It is only through taking the time to understand our fellow man, that we can reach peaceful resolutions.

Walking is not a burdensome activity for most people and so we encourage you to walk on two consecutive days.

We want to challenge yourself, to have fun, to meet interesting people and to go home with a satisfied smile on your face, a medal around your neck and a wonderful sense of ‘being’.

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The 30th Canberra Walking Festival becomes the 1st Rotary Aussie Peace Walk

Join us in Canberra on the last weekend in March 2021 in a community walk for peace.

Help us raise money to vaccinate 100,000 children in the Pacific Islands against life-threatening preventable diseases such as measles. For example; in Samoa in 2019, measles killed over 80 kids in only four months. This is just one example of a preventable tragedy. 

Hundreds of kilometres of Paths to explore

Come and Explore the Bush Capital

Canberra is a beautiful city with much to offer residents and visitors alike.

For those who like the outdoors, there are hundreds of kilometres of paved bike paths and natural walking tracks to explore. Greenways and paths crisscross the city and its suburbs. 

If you enjoy excellent food and wine, there are many lovely wineries a quick drive from the city. And there are many wonderful café’s and restaurants to satisfy your taste buds. (More about city lifestyle.)

As the national capital, Canberra is home to many museums, galleries and archives–home to unique collections of national significance. (More about Canberra’s national attractions.)

We recommend you come for a week, just to experience a tiny piece of what the city has to offer.

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Around the lake, along paths, through parkland and bush

Walks from 7 to 42km

The Aussie Peace Walk weekend will kick off with a welcome ceremony at the Canberra Peace Bell at midday on Friday 26 March 2021.

The afternoon will be a time to look around, to collect your event pack and enjoy the company of many of your fellow walkers.

The special Rotary Aussie Peace Walk Centenary medal will only be awarded to people who complete one walk on the Saturday and another walk on Sunday.

We want you to challenge yourself. Choose walks that are a little outside your comfort zone. If you think a 14 km walk will be easy, then choose the 21 km. At the end of the day, you will feel a greater sense of satisfaction at your achievement.

Then on Sunday, do it all again. If you’re so tired from the day before, you’re welcome to choose a shorter walk. But, if you finish the 21 on Saturday, maybe you can finish a similar distance on Sunday.

iml logoIf you finish two walks of over 20 km on consecutive days, you will be eligible for an IML Passport and your first IML international walking medal.

ivv logoThe Aussie Peace Walk is also affiliated with Internationaler Volkssport Verband (IVV). So, if you are an IVV walker, the IVV stamp is included in your registration for all the Aussie Peace Walks.


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