Namibia 12 September: Windhoek
Windhoek hosts to Peace Run for the first time
We drove up through Botswana the day before for the start of first ever Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run in Windhoek
In this dry environment it seemed to me a miracle that ostriches can happily live with what seems almost no water!
Our first appointment on the first day of the Namibia Peace Run in Windhoek, The Waldorf School Windhoek. The sun was just rising at 7:20 am as we arrived adding to what seemed to us to be a very special moment.
The Waldorf School is based on giving children a well rounded education including art, music, academics and many other things. We were immediately struck but the sound of the school musicians practicing the Peace Run song as we walked into the school.
The notice board displayed a collection of poems on peace from the children including this one that spelled "CHINMOY" after Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Peace Run.
We were also extremely honoured to be joined by Lizelle Esterhuizen, Miss Namibia. She showed real dedication coming out at 7:20 am to the Waldorf School and inspired the school children with her obvious love for peace.
Penny got a huge clap from children after talking to them about always being able to find peace in their hearts.
Penny and Cliff were were born and bred in Johannesburg but their great grandparents originally came to South Africa from China.
Kathy, the school principal, very kindly accepted one of Sri Chinmoy's paintings as a token of our appreciation for being able to visit the school. The caption reads "Imagine Peace Here and Now."
We set off to the next school through the dry bush on the edge of Windhoek. Here Penny is holding the torch, Cliff is on the left and Shree is holding the Namibian flag.
We were extremely grateful to Lizelle Esterhuizen, Miss Namibia for doing something concrete to inspire these children towards a life of peace. Here Penny presents her with a painting from Sri Chinmoy, the found of the Peace Run, on the subject of "Hope."
We were also grateful to be able to present another of Sri Chinmoy's paintings to Mr du Plessis from Dagbreek Special School to show our gratitude for their enthusiastic support of the Peace Run.
We gave each of the children a bookmark with some info on the Peace Run and a few of Sri Chinmoy's poems on peace.
The principal Daniel Nundu and teacher Audrey Saukunda were the first to hold the torch and make a wish for peace. Audrey was our main contact at the school and was an enthusiastic organiser of the day. Thank you!
As usual Penny won the most popular Peace Runner award - here she is high fiving a few of the little ones.
Here Shree poses with Audrey after we presented Windhoek Central Primary with a painting from Peace Run Founder Sri Chinmoy.
On our way to the last school we met this guy who wanted to hold the torch even though he was not able to run himself.
This man who appeared to be homeless nearly got run over when he was crossing the street in his enthusiasm to hold the torch and be a part of the Peace Run.
Filling the torch on route. This Peace Torch was made by our friend Udar in North America and I have to say that it is the best that I have ever seen. Ultralight and long burning.
Andrew Poolman of the Republikein newspaper met with us briefly in the afternoon after the run. He is one of the top sports reporters in Namibia. He published a beautiful front page story in the Republikein newspaper the next day.
Here Helge Schutz from the Namibian holds the torch with a collegue. Helge was kind enough to write an excellent and informative article on the Peace Run.