Lawn mowers are racing in Wodonga later this month to help promote peace in everyone's lives.
Competitors on super modified ride on mowers will support a Rotary Club of Wodonga West project to install a Japanese peace bell on the Border.
Rotary World Peace Bell Albury-Wodonga chairman Jos Weemaes said the bell would be a focal point for schools and the community to reflect on peace.
"It's not just peace in the world but also peace at home ... the importance of rejection of domestic violence," he said.
"We're talking about peace in the school yard, we're talking about peace in the street and in the towns and also to bring the communities together."
The World Peace Bell Association is a Japanese organisation that tries to raise awareness of the world peace movement by casting and installing Japanese temple bells in locations around the world.
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They're not just Victa lawn mowers that you have to mow your lawn, these are specialised machines and they race them- Jos Weemaes
Mr Weemaes said the Border project began more than 18 months ago but progress slowed during 2020.
In consultation with Wodonga and Albury councils, a site for the bell and its pagoda has been identified in Sumsion Gardens and a conceptual plan chosen.
Rotary World Peace Bell Albury-Wodonga hopes to collect $200,000 for the initiative, with plans for a black tie gala dinner on July 24.
But first comes the lawn mower races on May 22 at Albury Wodonga Kart Club, Sheathers Road, Wodonga.
"They're not just Victa lawn mowers that you have to mow your lawn, these are specialised machines and they race them," Mr Weemaes said.
Australian Ride On Lawn Mower Racing Association secretary Carilynn Mackay said her not-for-profit group held race days to support community organisations.
The machines race in different classes and owners generally put them on display during the day to give spectators a closer look.
"They have been clocked at anywhere up to 80 to 100km/h," Mrs Mackay said.
"We won't get up to that in Wodonga, it's a short, sharp track. We usually put on a good show, regardless."
The ride on mower races on May 22 start at 10.30am, with the gates to open an hour earlier. Entry is $5 a head, children under-12 free.
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