Sri Chinmoy Peace Run
The Peace Run was founded in 1987 by the late peace visionary Sri Chinmoy in a spirit of love, harmony and oneness. This spirit permeates the Run and touches the hearts of all those who participate, now 27 years on.
Since its inception in 1987 from Adelaide to Brisbane, the annual Peace Run has visited more than 140 nations, traveling to over 100 nations each year – covering the distance from the Earth to the moon and back twice over!
This year’s route, a distance of 1,000km over 10 days began here in South Perth, followed by a scenic loop in York, travelling southwards through Narrogin, Katanning and Albany. The runners will then head along the southern coast to Denmark, Walpole next inland through Pemberton, Bridgetown, Donnybrook, reaching Bunbury by the 20th, continuing on to Harvey, Pinjarra, Armadale and ending in Perth on the 23rd of October.
Over these 10 days, the Peace Run will visit many schools, local government councils and community groups to spread the message of peace and harmony.
The Peace Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to spread goodwill among people of all nations.
The Peace Run Team is made up of volunteers from several countries and states of Australia, who take time off from their professions to join the team, most having participated in other Peace Runs around the world.
I shared a set of Sri Chinmoy aphorism cards I was given some time ago. They sit near my back door and every day I change the aphorism. Today’s card said: “It is hope – That is keeping up alive – In the muddled mess – Of the world.”
Following this, the Peace Run choir sung two songs dedicated to peace.
I was then presented with the torch bearer award and a beautiful painting dedicated to peace, which will be hung up in my office with great pride.
To conclude the ceremony, I was joined by acting CEO Vicki Lummer, Peace Run spokesperson Prabuddha Nicol and the runners to plant a Peace Tree at the City’s Civic Centre, one by one scooping soil in around the roots of the tree. The tree planted was a Poinciana (Delonix regia), which will flourish in tones of bright red flowers ahead of summer while maintaining its coverage throughout the year.
I wish this passionate and extraordinary group the best of luck on their journey and look forward to greeting them upon their return.
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