'Seeds of Peace' Program Award
The National President of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL), Mr Robert Dick has congratulated the Rotary Club of Camberwell on being awarded the 2017 RSL ANZAC Peace Prize with the following words:
“The Rotary Club of Camberwell was selected by the RSL ANZAC Awards Committee for the award of the ANZAC Peace Prize in recognition of their inspirational secondary schools project the ‘Seeds of Peace Program.’ The Program, together with the Seeds of Peace Book, is a motivational initiative designed to promote peace, engagement and awareness of the Centenary of ANZAC while it educates young Australians to become influential advocates for peace in their peer group and beyond. The ANZAC Peace Prize is awarded by the RSL to recognise any outstanding effort by an Australian citizen or group, who has promoted the concept of international understanding and who, in so doing, has made a contribution to world peace”.
Mr Nick Pane, the President of the Rotary Club of Camberwell responded: “This is a wonderful honour and recognition for our Club, and the first time that any community Rotary Club has ever won this prestigious award in almost 40 years since its inception. All Rotary projects commence with the idea of one individual, and this one was no exception. The drive, enthusiasm and passion of our member Adrian Campbell was the motivator and driver of the project; had it not been for his determination and perseverance this project would not have happened. The highest praise must go to Adrian.
As the Project Leader and instigator of the Seeds of Peace Program and book, Camberwell Rotarian, Mr Adrian Campbell responded: “It’s a humbling experience to receive this national peace recognition – what started as a simple idea to promote peace in our local secondary schools at the time of the Anzac Centenary, blossomed into a multi-faceted peace program that engaged many local students and schools, and reached all the way from Camberwell to Gallipoli and back to Canberra.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this project success – particularly the Camberwell and Boroondara Rotarians, the Australian Government Anzac Centenary Grant through our local MHR, Josh Frydenberg, the Turkish Consulate in Melbourne, the participating schools in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, and importantly the magnificent 7 Seeds of Peace student ambassadors and their leaders – they are the voice of peace in their generation.” ‘Lest we forget – peace at home, and peace in our world’.