Rid­ing for dis­ar­ma­ment

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Be­nalla’s Dr Til­man Ruff will bring a No­bel Peace Prize to BPACC in an ef­fort to raise aware­ness and to call on Australia to sign and ratify the global nu­clear weapon ban treaty.

The prize was won by ICAN, the Mel­bourne-born In­ter­na­tional Cam­paign to Abol­ish Nu­clear Weapons, in 2017.

ICAN was awarded a No­bel Peace Prize for its role in the adop­tion of the land­mark Treaty on the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Nu­clear Weapons by the United Na­tions — an ef­fort led by co-founder Dr Til­man Ruff.

As part of the cam­paign a team of cy­clists are un­der­tak­ing a 900 km bike ride from Mel­bourne to Can­berra to raise aware­ness of the Treaty and Australia’s role in en­sur­ing it is up­held.

The cy­clists will be highly vis­i­ble with hand-sewn bike flags and dec­o­ra­tions, and are stop­ping en route to share the medal, hold events and pot luck din­ners and to talk to com­mu­ni­ties about the new dis­ar­ma­ment treaty.

The event at BPACC will be a stop on that ride, in which part.

When dis­cussing the ride ICAN’s Aus­tralian di­rec­tor Gem Ro­muld said nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment was un­fin­ished busi­ness and the new treaty pro­vided a fresh chance to fi­nally get rid of our worst weapon.

‘‘Many peo­ple are un­aware of this im­por­tant new treaty so we’re bik­ing to Can­berra to raise aware­ness, build sup­port, and to share Australia’s first home-grown No­bel Peace Prize,’’ Mr Ro­muld said.

Dr Ruff said he was pleased that nu­clear weapons were fi­nally pro­hib­ited along with chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons, land­mines and clus­ter mu­ni­tions.

‘‘It’s time for Australia to get on the right side of his­tory and join the ban on nu­clear weapons,’’ Dr Ruff said.

To con­clude the jour­ney and mark the first an­niver­sary of the treaty open­ing for sig­na­ture at the UN, the rid­ers will be joined by lo­cal and in­ter­state sup­port­ers in Can­berra to take the mess- Dr Ruff is tak­ing age to Par­lia­ment House on Septem­ber 20.

The No­bel Peace March will be es­corted by a fire en­gine and ICAN flags fly­ing on Com­mon­wealth Av­enue, thanks to the sup­port of the ACT Chief Min­is­ter.

The BPACC expo opens from 10 am on Septem­ber 7 and will in­clude the No­bel Peace Prize medal, short films and a 13-panel dis­play de­scrib­ing the in­spir­ing move­ment that led to the nu­clear weapon ban treaty.

That evening, be­tween 6pm and 7pm, the com­mu­nity is wel­come to at­tend a pre­sen­ta­tion on the work of ICAN.

Speak­ers in­clud­ing Dr Til­man Ruff, Nancy Atkin from the Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion for the Pre­ven­tion of War, and Be­nalla Ru­ral City Mayor Don Firth.

For more de­tails on the No­bel Peace Ride, visit www.icanw.org/au/ no­bel­peac­eride

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