ICAN Noble Peace Ride: A wheely good cause

Ever wanted to get up-close to a Nobel Peace Prize medal? Well, now is your chance.

From Sunday to Tuesday, September 16-18, a group of cyclists will be riding through Wee Jasper and Yass, showcasing their Nobel Peace Prize and raising awareness for the cause behind it.

Last week in Yea, next week in Yass, meet the Noble Peace Ride. Picture: Supplied

Last week in Yea, next week in Yass, meet the Noble Peace Ride. Picture: Supplied

Set-up by Australians, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was the recipient of the well-respected award for peace in 2017.

The campaign was recognised for its efforts in starting and facilitating the first multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations and UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

The group is visiting regional and metro areas, giving residents a chance to see and celebrate the home-grown peace prize.

That meant 60 states agreed not to use nuclear weapons which can have major humanitarian and environmental consequences. However, there was one issue for the campaign - its own government didn’t sign.

So, setting the wheels in motion, the Nobel Peace Ride is trekking 900km with banners, flags and the Noble Peace Prize in tow, from Melbourne and eventually to Canberra, where it will call on the Australian Government to join the agreement.

The ride will be stopping at either Carey’s or Billy Grace Reserve, Wee Jasper, around 5.30pm on Sunday and Trader & Co, Yass at 6.30pm on Monday.

In between, the group is visiting regional and metro areas, giving residents a chance to see and celebrate the home-grown peace prize, as well as find out about the issue.

The Yass Tribune caught up with ICAN director Gem Romuld halfway to Tumbarumba from Jingellic.

“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” she said. “There’s a real sense of surprise to the fact that Australia hasn’t yet signed the nuclear ban treaty.”

The ride will be stopping at either Carey’s or Billy Grace Reserve, Wee Jasper, around 5.30pm on Sunday and Trader & Co, Yass at 6.30pm on Monday, its last rest before heading to Canberra.