Return to the Source…
The summit of Australia…
Our penultimate day of running in Australia before the torch is carried to New Zealand, to continue it's journey around the Southern Hemisphere.
Natabara carries the torch along a quiet stretch of road from Garfield to Nar Nar Goon. Meanwhile the rest of the men's team are getting coffee at Little Miss Hangry's cafe.
Prabuddha runs along Princes Highway, taking advantage of the soft verge as he has been suffering achilles problems.
We arrive at St Mary's Primary School in Dandenong. The children are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Peace Torch, which has been lit.
This amazing school have learned all about the Peace Run. They are quick to respond to questions and have their own ideas about creating Peace in our world.
The school has students who represent a wide range of countries, from Sri Lanka to the Philippines. The large artwork behind the children is averitable tapestry of oneness.
The children have a comprehensive programme prepared for us. Heartily, the entire school sings this uplifting song: Hearts on Fire.
Everyone shakes hands with their neighbour and offers the message, "Peace be with you". The 5th and 6th grade children have prepared a message that answers the question "What does peace mean to me?" Their answer: "Being peaceful means to be who you truly are inside. No matter what other people think, God made you the way you are for a reason. Being peaceful also means accepting the change that is happening around you and to go with the change".
The school offered a Peace Pledge: I promise to try to be a peaceful person. I promise to be loving in my home, my school and my community.
Before we leave the school offers a prayer, "Lord, we ask you to bless all the people involved in the Peace Run. Keep them safe on their journey and help us all to spread the message of Peace every day in our homes, our school and our community.
This young lady receives the Torch Bearer Award for her 'Peaceful' behaviour, and for taking time to care for others.
The last section is along a river, so local coordinator Abhinandan John Willis, guides Robert on his bike.