Belgium 12 February: Brussels - Waterloo
Going international in Brussels
On our second launching day of the European Peace Run we began our day again at the European Parliament.
We were accompanied by Anna Becker from Germany, who works at the Parliament as an assistant to MEP Evelyne Gebhardt.
The children were really well-behaved and very sweet. When we practiced feeling peace in the heart they all maintained pindrop silence.
Our guest runner Anna really enjoyed the Run and being with the children. Their enthusiasm is definitely one of the best ingredients of the Run!
We had another school presentation at St. John´s International School in Waterloo, 15K south of Belgium. Since our official continous running route doesn´t start until next week in Portugal, we drove the distance (else we wouldn’t have made it!).
St. John’s is known as one of the best international schools in Europe, serving expat children in the ages from 2 to 18. We were received in the school’s beautiful and large theatre, where the children from grade 5 were waiting for us.
We had a full hour to do our presentation, which was real luxury for us. It gave us the opportunity to really dive deep into the many aspects of the Run and to explore the different aspects of peace.
The children of St. John’s had also prepared songs and skits for us. They surprised us with their creativity, enthusiasm and sharp wit.
The elementary school Principal Mrs. Bambridge talked about the school’s peacemaker program, where children are taught how to resolve conflicts peacefully. It tied in perfectly with the ideals of the Peace Run.
The elementary school princial Mrs. Bambridge told the kids that they are the future of our world and that they should take the message of peace to heart.
Mrs. Bambridge invited us to a sumptuous and delicious lunch in the school’s excellent cafeteria. Mrs. Bambridge is moving to Paris to start leading an international school there and we promised to pass by her new school in the future.
The school's director Mr. Hawkins had been head of an international school in Bejing from 2002 until 2010. In Bejing he had the honour of running with the Olympic Torch as it made its way into the Olympic Games of 2008. He told us it had been one of the most special moments in his life. He still had the original Olympic Torch right there in his office!