Canada 6 July: Herschel, Saskatchewan Province - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Province

A delightful day of meeting children.

We were grateful for a wonderful night's rest at the beautiful Retreat House in Herschel. Many thanks to David Neufeld, his wife and the Herschel community for welcoming the Peace Run so warmly and treating us with such kindness and generosity throughout our stay.

Later in the morning, we met with the Boys and Girls Summer Camp at Pike Lake Provincial Park.

Children quickly guessed the countries of all of the runners. The team changes over time depending on how much time each runner can take away from their normal jobs. The current runners are (from left to right) Yatkara from Ukraine, Tavishi from Australia, Purnakama from Canada, Brahmata from Canada, Sanaz from Iran, Zuzana from Czech Republic, Pierre from France, and Puroga from Hungary. Pavaka from Canada and Arpan from the USA are also on the team but out of this shot.

We all sang and acted out the World Harmony Run Song.

Everyone took a moment to focus on the peace that we can find inside our hearts.

The team acted out peaceful and non-peaceful behaviours for the entertainment of the children.

Children gave their thumbs up to the skits about peaceful behaviour.

Camp Counsellors Amber and Kyle held the Peace Torch and accepted a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Camp.

Artwork by Sri Chinmoy was also presented to the Camp.

Everyone ran with the Peace Torch through the extensive park area.

Sharing the Torch.

Brahmata pointed out the running route on the side of the RV. The team has just 5 weeks left to complete the journey back to New York to finish the North American Peace Run for 2016.

A final group photo with the Pike Lake Summer Camp Boys and Girls Club. Most of the children liked the idea of joining the Peace Run in the future.

At lunch time, the team gave a presentation about the Peace Run at Market Mall in Saskatoon.

Music included the Peace Run and World Harmony Run songs.

The Children's Discovery Museum in Saskatoon provided special torch-making kits for the children at the Mall. Many thanks to Julie and Chelsie for doing such a great job!

Sharing the Peace Torch.

The womens team ran through Playland inside the Mall.

Our gratitude to everyone (including Mona on the right) in Market Mall for your assistance.

In the afternoon the Peace Run Team visited the beautiful YMCA at Saskatoon.

As part of the Summer in the City Day Camp, an enthusiastic group of youhg children participated in a Peace Run program in the gym.

Offering a Certificate of Appreciation to the YMCA.

Children had made their own colourful Peace Torches.

Arpan played the harmonica to the delight of all.

Counsellors posed for a photo.

A final summer camp photo.

In the foyer area of the YMCA, CTV and Global TV both took some footage.

A YMCA noticeboard.

An 8km scenic run from the Y through nearby Saskatoon streets and parklands followed, energetically lead by Fred, a local runner. Dean, the YMCA CEO, appears on the right!

We met two construction workers, Aubrey and Skylar, along the way.

Many well-wishers hold the torch whenever the team is out running.

The team appreciated learning about the history of the area from Fred.

Getting started on the daily report straight after the run.

Thank you to the Saskatoon Y for all of your support.

Many thanks also to Gordon for kindly providing the mens and womens team with heavily discounted accommodation in Saskatoon for the evening. Without accommodation support from people like Gordon (and David - refer back to the first photo in this report), the 16,000 km North American Peace Run would not be possible.