Highly respected humanitarian and human rights advocate, Ms Patricia Garcia AO, will be the special guest for Cowra's 2018 World Peace Day celebrations on Tuesday 18 September.
With a theme of The Right to Peace, World Peace Day activities in Cowra will include a Regional Youth Forum, free community lunch, ringing of the World Peace Bell and a celebratory dinner with Ms Garcia as the guest speaker.
'Patricia has lived and worked in war zones for over 20 years, coordinating humanitarian relief and development programs to assist refugees in some of the world's longest running conflicts including Afghanistan, Sudan and Myanmar,' Ian Brown, Chair of the World Peace Bell Committee said.
'We're very fortunate to have a speaker of Patricia's calibre attending our World Peace Day events this year. Patricia will address students at the World Peace Day Regional Youth Forum on Tuesday morning, and community members are invited to hear Patricia speak at the World Peace Day Dinner on Tuesday evening,' Mr Brown continued.
In keeping with international celebrations, Cowra will recognise the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights throughout World Peace Day events.
Community members are invited to share in the World Peace Day celebrations by ringing the Peace Bell and partaking in a free community sausage sizzle commencing at 12.45pm, followed by an open community session focussing on human rights and peace at the Cowra Civic Centre.
The 2018 World Peace Day program will conclude with the World Peace Day Dinner at the Cowra Bowling Club at 6pm. Dinner tickets are $25 per head and are available from the Compleat Angler in Kendal Street.