The Sri Chinmoy Oness-Home Peace Run is one of the world's largest grassroots movements to bring people together. Runners carry an Olympic style torch to over 100 countries around the world, and each year over one million people hold this torch and pass it on from hand to hand, sharing their hopes for a better world. Everywhere the Run goes, it partners locally with schools, community groups, sporting organisations and politicians to make it truly a community based event.
Photo: Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel hold the torch with World Harmony Run founder Sri Chinmoy
The Run was founded in 1987 by humanitarian leader Sri Chinmoy as a way to give voice to the deep human need for world harmony and oneness. Sri Chinmoy won international acclaim for his numerous initiatives to unite people from many cultures and walks of life to work for a more fulfilling world. An athlete, philosopher, artist and poet, Sri Chinmoy, who passed away in October 2007, dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world harmony and oneness.