Running for Peace in Sliema!…
Meeting the Deputy Prime Minister…
Dedicating a statue of Sri Chinmoy…
Visiting the Island of Gozo…
This morning we left the island of Malta and headed over to Gozo which is a separate island but part of the Maltese collection of islands.
While a little cool it was a lovely sunny day so many of the team opted to be outside enjoying the sun with a warm drink.
Harita from New Zealand offered our sincerest gratitude for such a gracious and heart felt reception.
Holding the peace torch that thousands of children from around the world have held is always very exciting.
Some members of our women's team performed some short skits to demonstrate how our actions can either create peace in the world or not. Here we see Laufey and Jayasalini having a race and Laufey pushing Jayasalini to the ground. Definitely not peaceful behaviour!
Here we see an injured Uddyogini being carried by two friends. Now that is making peace in the world.
Team A and Team B then all met up together and ran about a mile to Lunzjata Valley one of most evergreen and picturesque valleys in Gozo.
The beautiful view of well-managed fields and luscious greenery is striking. The valley was a game reserve for many Grand Masters of the Knights of St. John.
Before all the dignitaries arrived we had an opportunity to share with the children where we were from and to sing our Peace Run song.
We were delighted and honored to have a number of dignitaries present, (from left to right) Mr Victor Galea, Gozo College Principal, Hon Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo, HE Mgr Dr Joseph Vella Gauci, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Malta to UNESCO and Dr David Hepburn, former President of the UNESCO General Conference.
The Choir performed Sri Chinmoy's song for Malta. The words are:
"Malta, O Superpowers’ fondness-nest,
You bring to the fore every nation’s very best.
In you, the world faiths have found their oneness-choice;
In a smallness-body, earth-illumination-voice."
Dr. Davidson Hepburn shared some insights into why he feels peace is not just important but crucial to our continued well being.
Hon Anton Refalo, Minister for Gozo, welcomed us to Gozo and encouraged us in all our initiatives for peace.
The event launched a year of celebrations by The Education Science and Culture Centre to commemorate the 50th anniversary from Malta’s joining UNESCO’s ASPnet (1966-2016).
The ceremony came to an end with the lighting of a beacon by Minister Refalo and the unveiling of a logo commemorating the 50th anniversary.
We said a fond farewell to Robert, Kevin and Roberta from the ministry of Youth and Sport who had accompanied us over the last three days. Thank you for your enthusiastic and heartfelt participation in the Peace Run.