Australia 23 June: Geelong, Vic - Torquay, Vic
Of children and trees
Saranyu Pearson – the local Peace Run coordinator who will join the team to Adelaide, ran the Peace Torch from our finish location yesterday to meet the rest of the team at City Hall.
The women’s team made their way into Geelong to the City Hall to meet with Robyn Stevens – Manager of Connected Communities.
When it was time to select two students to accept the Certificate of Appreciation, the teachers chose two students who embody the values of the Peace Run. Kiki Ring and Corey Paull both came up to accept the Certificate with Corey reading beautifully the quote from Sri Chinmoy.
As we did our guessing game today, when our Indonesian Peace Runner spoke in her native language, every single hand shot up! Little did we know that they also learn Indonesian at this school and had just had a language lesson this morning.
Here our team was boosted in number by the addition of three more peace runners: Atul Arora – who will run with the team to Adelaide, along with Pushpendra Uppal and Grahak Cunningham, who had both already been on the Run, but decided to join again for a couple of days.
Our third school was St Therese Primary School where we met with all the Preparatory students aged 5 and 6.
With a few minutes to spare before our last meeting for the day, we went to have a look at the beautiful coastline and take a few moments to look at the plaque that was dedicated there a few years ago.
Here there are two native Ironbark heritage trees that had been saved during the redevelopment of the area.
Here we were met by Councillor Rose Hodge who welcomed us to the area again and remarked how inspirational it was that we went to the Primary Schools to speak about the Peace Run and its message, seeing that these students will themselves be the seed to bring about more peace and tolerance.
Rose felt this was the most perfect place for the Peace Tree dedication, since the trees have been here for generations and generations.