Europe 24 June: Narva - St Petersburg
Russia and Belarus
Runners on the virtual International Peace Run team offer greetings to Russia and Belarus, the countries through which they will be virtually running 1700 kms this week. The video contains a special message from Prince Dipo, Princess Febri and their family in Solo, Indonesia.
The photographs below are from the international runners who ran through the Baltic region June 15-21. This is Violeta from Bulgaria.
Violeta: On the first day of running, I visited "The Bells" Complex The International Children's Assembly "Banner of Peace" is a children's art festival under the auspices of UNESCO. In a circle around this major monument are placed a number of much smaller concrete structures on which bells are hung representing different countries.
Violeta: This monument is one of the few examples of monumental art from the totalitarian regime, carrying a message that is still relevant today - unity, tolerance and creativity. Bells are a symbol of what unites people, regardless of their political affiliation, nationality, race or religion, and are a message we must keep.
Violeta: One day I was running with my sister. We talked about peace, unity and the personal example we can set. In the photo we are sending our message of peace to all countries in the Baltic region– Peaceеееееее
Jorge is famous in Portugal for his dedicated service to the community. He has started an Academy of Sports for children in Lisbon.
In Torino, our Italian runner, Virochana, is standing at the Arsenal of Peace. Once it was a factory of weapons, but today it is a place for cooperation, spreading a prophecy of peace though its role as a meeting point for differents cultures, religions and opionions. Its doors are always open to the world. On this wall it reads 'Goodness is disarming'. On each brick there is the name of a different nation.
Virochana: I organised a small exhibition of children’s drawings and messages for peace dedicated to the Peace Run. The exibition was on the big street in front of the store where I work from Friday until Sunday. It was so exciting! People liked it very much.! Especially children!
In Milan there is a statue dedicated to Peace. It is a statue of Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run, holding a Peace Torch.
I finished my Peace Run week with the Rainbow of hope “Andrà tutto bene“ ... "Everything will be OK“ which has been the symbol of hope during lock down, and still is. “Never give up hope for a world of peace, health and prosperity…. “.
Greetings to the Baltic nations from the Italian coastline. Here we see Virochana's nephew and niece, Vincenzo and Mariafrancesca.
Darina at the Peace Statue in Milan. The statue is designed to be interactive - it inviites the visitor to hold the torch and offer their own prayer for Peace.
Garga did his running in his hometown of Bristol. In this picture you can see a Bansky piece of art on the wall.
Garga at Baltic Wharf in Bristol. This wharf has been connecting Bristol and the Baltics since the 15th Century.
Just to the right of Garga is the Lithuanian flag. Bristol serves many communities and many nationalities.
(Photo from a few years ago on a Peace Run in Finland) Neharika is holding the torch. Neharika lives in Vaasa, and runners there ran 95kms this week.