Walk for Peace, 4700km completed - www.believinginharvey.com
13.06.2007 4 °C
It was a very exciting time for Nathan, myself and Harvey of course, when we finally reached Canberra. We were greeted by Jessica Wright of the Canberra Times who wrote an accurate atricle which was published on the second day. She asked me a very good question, 'what was you main personal aim of this walk?' My reply was 'several', to see peace across the world, to have Harvey known as a world figure for peace, and the most personal one for me, to make friends with everyone I meet on this journey regardless of personal differences, which so far I have achieved. You cannot create peace when you cannot make friends.
Annette giving me a few pointers, before she interviewed me for the camera
Annette (film director) and her family and friends joined us on our walk down the Anzac Parade, and she recorded an hour of the events of the day at the War Memorial Museum. I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak freely and openly about this Walk for Peace and Harvey, and its true meaning. Annette has some very good ideas of a documentary of the number of peace walks across the world, and plans to see if there is a way to unify these walkers. Thank you Annette for the work you have done for us on the journey from Violet Town to Canberra.
Nathan drove us to a press conference not far from Capital Hill, where Dalai Lama had a brief speech before answering several questions for the press. After, the Dalai Lama had a tight schedule but still had a few minutes to greet some of the other people at the conference, before he was ushered to the sports complex on the other side of the city.
Nathan and myself were very honoured by shaking hands with his holiness, but the best for me was he did not look at me when we shook hands he smiled and had a large grin when he saw Harvey between of us. I like to think that he saw more than just an orange wheelchair, and saw Harvey himself and 'peace' oozing outwards of this imaginary peacemaker.
Because of the article about the Walk for Peace in the Canberra Times, we were invited to attend a peace rally 'Where doves fly...peace follows', a walk to Parliment House with about 60 people carrying eye catching huge doves. This was a peaceful demonstration with a simple message that Australia should have visions of peace rather than practicing war games. We went past the Aboriginal Embassy (a protest) where we had been honoured by the 3 men who live there. They allowed us to stay there for two nights. The rally was a complete success, with several speakers, including Senator Kerry Nettle, former Senator Lyn Allison, other citizens of Canberra, myself and rally organiser Sue Andrew, who heard about me through the media.
At the site of the Aboriginal Embassy, the prostest continues.
On the journey to Canberra we met some truly supportive and inspirational characters on the way. Nathan and I feel very humbled by the generosity of so many people.
After leaving Melbourne, I experienced green fields, zero temperatures, heavy winds and consistent rain! It was a little like being back in sweet Ireland. Even so the journey was enjoyable as these people shown in these pictures made our journey a joy.
Each person had one's own gift for us, Ben - photographer, Helen - film director, Dizzy and Sjan - Bikers and more, Kevin The Reverend of Holbrook, Jennifer and Vincent - photograher and artist, and on the day eight people walked with Harvey through the Anzac Parade.
It was a pleasure and an honour to meet these people who have have given us so much of their time, and I feel even more inspired having heard so many of their own experiences and stories which I hope a piece of their hearts will combine with Harvey's.
The dream for peace is in everyone's hearts.
Namaste - Frank Muldowney