Palm Sunday Walk for Justice and Peace 2024

This is an annual event focussed on the plight of refugees. This year, in addition to that focus, there will be a broader concern about the impact of war where people are forced to flee to seek places of refuge within their own country (internally displaced) or as refugees and asylum seekers to other countries.

Change of venue – Parliament Gardens (Spring St/Albert St)

Change of time – light snacks available from 10am.
The program will commence at 10.30am with an interfaith segment and prayers for peace, followed by speeches/ presentations from 11am, and the Palm Sunday ‘Walk for Refugees’ concluding by 12 noon.

Note: the change of venue and time was to recognise the weekly rally held at 12 noon at the State Library.

The organisers recognise Sunday morning is a timeslot for many church services. Churches might consider the possibility of sending representatives to the Walk for Refugees. Consider having an A4 ‘placecard’ on a seat/pew in the church, to let people know who is not at church because they are at the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice and Peace. See a suggestion here.
Palm Sunday.Place name for church

Smaller churches may consider making this the focus for Palm Sunday and attend the rally together in lieu of a church service.

Churches may also consider including specific prayers in the worship service for justice and peace (prayer suggestions will be made available to churches to incorporate into their services).

Victorian events

  • Melbourne – Walk for Justice and Peace
    Sunday 24 March  10.00am – 12.30pm
    Meet at Parliament Gardens, Spring Street
    Walk to State Library, Swanston Street
    Refugee Advocacy Network Victoria
    Find out more on Facebook Events 
  • Bendigo     Sunday  24 March   12 noon

    Lake Weeroona  (Near the Rowing Club)
    Organised by Bendigo Churches, Rural Australians for
    Refugees, Amnesty International and Grandmothers for Refugees
    Poster is here

  • Ballarat    Sunday 24 March   2pm – 3:30pm
    McDonald Bandstand, Lake Wendouree Foreshore
    Opposite Floral clock Botanical Gardens, between Pipers and large playground
    Organised by Rural Australians for Refugees

    Poster is here