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Torch-Bearer Award

As we journey across the country and around the world invariably we come into contact with some remarkable people who have inspired their communities, their cities and nations through their own lives and deeds. The presence of the Peace Run and torch creates an opportunity to recognise these remarkable people. 

We invite you to nominate someone in your area who you feel to be a worthy recipient. They may be well-known celebrities; business people; sportsmen or women; charity workers; doctors or nurses; schoolchildren - anyone who has worked selflessly to better the lives of others. Please contact us with your nominations.


Ron Clarke, Australia's world-record breaking middle-distance runner was the first Torch-Bearer Award recipient in 2008.


The Office of Crime Prevention in Western Australia, together with other local heroes, was presented with the Torch-Bearer Award in 2010.


Robert de Castella MBE, legendary Australian marathon runner, has been involved with the Peace Run since 1989. In 2013 he and other deserving recipients received the Torch-Bearer Award.


Patron of the 2015 Peace Run, Mayor of South Perth Sue Doherty, was a deserving recipient of the Torch-Bearer Award.


One of our country’s national treasures, singer-songwriter Archie Roach, headed a list of Australian luminaries who received the Peace Run Torch-Bearer Award for 2017.


Leonie Ebert receives the Torch-Bearer award at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Australian Peace Run on the Summit of Mount Lofty.


Minister Jing Lee receives the Torch-Bearer Award accompanied by previous recipient Leonie Ebert, founder of the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation.


International recipients...

Sudhahota Carl Lewis

We were honoured that international Spokesman for the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, Sudhahota Carl Lewis, was the first recipient of the Peace Run Torch-Bearer Award.

Dr. Davidson Hepburn

Hon. Dr. Davidson Hepburn serving as the President of the 35th General Conference of UNESCO met with us in his home country of the Bahamas.

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King is a woman whose sincerity and goodness are immediately felt by all those who have the good fortune to come into contact with her.

Hakuhō Shō Yokozuna

In Tokyo, Japan on April 22, 2010 at the Miyagino Sumo Stable we were able to present the current reigning Sumo Yokazuna Hakuhō Shō with the Peace Run Torch-Bearer Award.

Russell Simmons

New York based Philanthropist and Hip-Hop pioneer Russell Simmons serves as Chairman of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

Speaker of the Parliament of Serbia, Prof. Dr. Slavica Djukic Dejanovic

Belgrade, Serbia, on July 7th 2010, we were honored to present Prof. Dr. Slavica Đjukić Dejanović, the Speaker of Parliament, with the Peace Run Torch Bearer Award.


Leonie Ebert established the Graham F Smith Peace Foundation in memory of her husband. The Foundation is a non-profit organisation that works to promote Peace through all art forms.