Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell presents Toyoshige Sekiguchi with a letter to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, inviting him to join Mayors for Peace.
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell presents Toyoshige Sekiguchi with a letter to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Graham Quirk, inviting him to join Mayors for Peace.

Monk on walk of peace to the G20

A JAPANESE monk is hoping to bring peace to the world, or at least to the countries that are members of the G20.

Toyoshige Sekiguchi has been travelling the world on foot since 2009, praying for peace and nuclear disarmament. In recent years, he has walked across Northern Ireland and Russia to visit the G8 and G20 summits, and he is currently walking from Sydney to Brisbane, where this year's G20 will be held.

Mr Sekiguchi stopped in Lismore this week and met up with Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell, who is a member of the International Association of Mayors for Peace.

The association was started by the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after WWII and currently has almost 6500 members from 160 countries.

The monk has a letter from Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore asking the Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to join up with the Mayors for Peace.

Cr Dowell wrote and presented a similar letter at a small prayer ceremony in Spinks Park.

"He wrote to me four or five months ago and I was very happy to meet up with him," Cr Dowell said.

Mr Sekiguchi advocates the abolishment of the nuclear industry, both civilian and military, and the mutual understanding of all religions

He set off for Bangalow yesterday morning and relies on the kindness of strangers for his accommodation during his travels. Cr Dowell posted on Facebook for people to look out for him and to offer him assistance.



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