A Tribute to Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) — Father of the South African Nation — passed away on December 5th, at the age of 95, at his home in Johannesburg. Not only was he a towering inspiration to the people of South Africa, he was universally admired for his courageous struggle against apartheid; his unbreakable will in the face of 27 years of imprisonment; and his compassion and forgiveness of his oppressors.
His legacy to the world at large is perhaps best described by his close spiritual friend and fellow peace-lover Sri Chinmoy:
“President Mandela’s very name
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The Peace Run is a global relay that promotes international friendship and understanding. Since its inception in 1987 the Run has reached over 140 nations and touched the lives of millions of people. Known between 2005 and 2013 as the World Harmony Run, the Peace Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations.
By passing the torch from one person to the next, the relay offers people from many nations the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future. People from all walks of life hold the symbolic torch to wish for a peaceful world. Passing the torch from one person to the next unites us together in our common aspiration to offer something positive to our world – together we can make a difference!
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Founder - Sri Chinmoy
During his lifetime, Sri Chinmoy was internationally recognised for his numerous initiatives that have united people from many cultures and walks of life to work for a more fulfilling world. He was always a strong advocate for the role of sports as a powerful instrument for promoting global harmony. As an athlete, philosopher, artist and poet, Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world peace and oneness.
The Peace Run is organized by an international network of volunteers inspired by Sri Chinmoy’s vision of a more peaceful world. Coordinators in each country partner locally with schools, community groups, sporting organizations, city and state government departments to bring the run to the community as a service encouraging international friendship and understanding. The Peace Run relay teams in each participating country are made up of runners from all walks of life, who have dedicated their time and energy to bring the Run to communities around the globe.