Ivorys Rock Foundation, Year Wrap Up
    Year Wrap Up

    As the year comes to an end we reflect on all that has happened and been achieved.

    The highlight of the year was the international peace event, Amaroo 2018, held over the week 5th to 11th September. Keynote speaker Prem Rawat spoke about personal peace and well-being  on multiple occasions in the purpose built amphitheatre to an audience of nearly 3,500 people.  Delegates came from sixty countries, two from East Timor, some from African countries, a large number from the U.S., UK  and Australia, from Europe, India, Malaysia.
    On the Friday prior the amphitheatre was the venue for a community event that was MC’d by local radio announcer Marnie T.  The Yugerra Dance Group did Welcome to Country and a performance. Prem Rawat spoke, welcoming everyone and was later interviewed about his efforts to bring personal peace  to people and the  introduction of the peace education program in Woolston Prison in Queensland and other places in the world, including the child soldiers of Ghana. Lyle Winks gave a fascinating presentation of the history of Peak Crossing from indigenous history through to more recent times.  The President of the Rotary Club gave a talk about the work of the organisation globally and the President of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society gave a presentation of their rescue work.  The baby koala was a definite highlight.

    Ivory’s Rock Foundation supported local organisations and groups financially with a $3000 donation to the drought relief fundraiser organised through the local Peak Pub. A community grant was administered by our Community Events Manager in consultation with the local planning group. Monies were donated to local organisations for their various projects. A call went out for extra donations to complete the Peak Crossing memorial and IRF donated $2,500 to the memorial, commemorating those that fought in conflicts over the past 100 years. The IRF Community Events Manager and Secretary attended the opening of the memorial in November.

    The peace education program is now being used in correctional facilities in Queensland, Western Australia, ACT, Victoria, Alice Springs and New Zealand.

    Presentations about PEP were given at the following conferences during the year:
    • Rotary Presidential Peace Building Conference - Sydney
    • Informa Prison Conference – Melbourne
    • Youth Health Conference – Gold Coast
    • National Indigenous Alcohol and Drug Conference – Adelaide
    Professional development was provided to organisations wishing to use the peace education program in the form of briefings to familiarise organisations with the materials and how to use them in their work context.

    Ivory’s Rock Foundation wishes everyone a joyous and peaceful Christmas and holiday season.

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