Malaysia 4 February: Kota Kinabalu

Rotary Connects the World

Video of the days events. Enjoy!

This morning, a large group of runners from over 30 countries paid a visit to Indonesian School in Kota Kinabalu (SIKK).

The team received a delightful welcome with the students' gamelan musical performance

...followed by a beautiful and dynamic dance composition.

The Peace Torch was lit to mark the start of this special, collaborative program by Rotary District 3420 [Indonesia], Rotary district 3310 [Malaysia], SIKK (owned by Government of Indonesia), Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, and the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.

National Anthems of both Malaysia and Indonesia were sung, followed by the Peace Run theme song composed by its founder Sri Chinmoy.

The children had prepared national flags of the runners' countries.

District Governor of Rotary 3420 Gusti Febri Dipokusumo gave a welcome remark.

Speech by Previous District Governor of Rotary 3310 Mr. Dato' Zaini followed.

We were honoured to have the President of Sri Chinmoy Centres International Ms. Ranjana Ghose (right) at the ceremony.

Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run Executive Director Salil Wilson spoke.

Cheerful and enthusiastic audience!

World Harmony Run song with gestures lad by over 100 runners from around the globe...

...joined by all the distinguished guests.

Vlado the clown (Slovakia) from the Peace Run team invited two students for some pantomime act.

The Torch Bearer Award was presented to Consul General of Indonesia Mr. Krishna Djelani, with much joy and gratitude.

Rotary District 3420 presented SIKK the Indonesian School a special plaque and a gift,

...as well as to all the other participating groups of today's collaborative program.

A special plaque from Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu was presented by Consul General of Indonesia Mr. Krishna Djelani.

Finally a beautiful book about Sabah was presented by Rotary District 3310.

As the last performance, these student dancers entertained us with their original, dynamic performance, combining both the traditional Indonesian and modern sounds and movements.

Dr. Agraha Levine from the Peace Run briefly introduced the proclamation of Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu as a Sri Chinmoy Peace School.

This temporary plaque proclaiming SIKK as a Sri Chinmoy Peace School will soon be replaced by a permanent plaque.

Final photo session with the distinguished guests from all the 4 organizations which took part in today's program.

Now it's time to run! We had a joyful 1 km run near the school premise with the enthusiastic students and teachers.

This year's Rotary Club's motto is: "Rotary Connects the World." We are so grateful to take part on this special day, connecting Malaysia, Indonesia, and the world together!