Indonesia 6 February: Pamekasan, Madura
Inaugural Visit to Madura Island
Thanks to District Governor of Rotary 3420 (Indonesia) and our long-term friend and supporter Princess Febri Dipokusumo (right), Peace Run Team had the honour to collaborate with Surabaya Rotary Club in East Java.
Today is the first day of the special 3-day program, and the team paid a visit to Pamekasan Region of Madura Island. Bupati, or Regent of Pamekasan H. Baddrut Tamam, S.Psi (left) warmly welcomed the team.
We are also deeply grateful to Prince Dipokusumo (centre), who has always been so wholeheartedly supportive of the Peace Run.
The Peace Run Team, together with the Rotarians present, were invited to sit inside the Regent's beautiful meeting room for the opening.
We then proceeded to Wisata Api Abadi (Eternal Fire Tourism), where we would have a ceremony with local authorities and children.
Dance performance at the Eternal Fire. The fire has been naturally produced here, and people regard it sacred.
The Torch Bearer Award was presented to the Regent, with a Jharna-Kala painting by the Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy.
President of Pamakasan Interfaith Forum Mr. KH Muid Khozin (left) receives a plaque from the Rotary Club. We could visit his school later on.
We then reached local landmark Alun-Alun Arek Lankor Pamekasan, where local students, musicians, police & army runners were waiting for us.
With Surabaya Rotary Club members (in red). They were extremely helpful, and were such joyful companions throughout the day.
We were invited into the hall, where teachers and students had been seated and waiting. We were treated with some local fruits and snacks. A very family-like feeling.
In the evening, we had the honour to meet Mr. KH Zahrul Azhar, popularly known as Gus Han among Surabayans. He is the President of Football for Peace Indonesia. We shared our hopes and dreams for peace.