Keepers of the Peace Flame
Sharon Yarrington and Erica Callan of Byron Bay have a very special and important job. They are the keepers of the World Peace Flame.
The flame, which is kept behind glass at the Byron Bay Community Centre, is cleaned and cared for by the two women who also buy oil to keep the flame alight.
It has been at the community centre for two years.
“Not many people know the Peace Flame is here in Byron Bay,” Sharon said.
“We are very fortunate to have the flame in our town and I want to promote awareness of this most precious light to the community.
“We are making the flame available to the public through lighted tea-light candles to all of those who need peace, hope and inspiration in their lives.”
Share the light
Sharon said that people could come into the centre, make a donation and take a tea-light candle which would help with the purchase of oil for the flame.
“Share the light with others by giving them a candle lit from your flame as the energy of the flame is contained in the wick,” she said.
“Sit quietly in front of the flame and allow peace to fill your heart.”
The World Peace Flame was created in 1999 when indigenous elders and peacemakers from all continents lit seven flames for world peace.
The seven flames were transported to north Wales where they were combined to create one World Peace Flame.
The flame has since been carried back into the world as a unifying symbol of peace.