Timor-Leste 7 February: Dili
5K Run in Dili!
Our first stop of the day was at the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room in Dili, where we were greeted with a very beautiful ceremonial dance.
The team was very happy to come to the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room, the first public library to be opened in Timor, following the 1999 referendum.
Quite a few youths aged 16 to 25, who are regular users of Xanana Gusmao Reading Room, gathered this morning to welcome the team.
Salil presents Mr. Gaspar Quintino, the Manager of the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room, with a certificate of appreciation.
Prince Dipokusumo and Princess Febri dipokusumo, royal family members of Surakarta, Indonesia, present members of the Xanana Gusmao Reading Room with a special collage of images of H.E. Xanana Gusmao with the Peace Torch.
Prince Dipo presents Mr. Gaspar Quintino with a collection of brochures about Xanana Gusmao, Sri Chinmoy, and the Peace Run.
Princess Febri Dipokusumo presents Gaspar Quintino with several books by Sri Chinmoy in 3 languages: English, Bahasa Indonesia and Portuguese, to be added to their library collection. Shown here is a copy of "The Wings of Joy" in Bahasa, a paperback collection of uplifting aphorisms and essays by Sri Chinmoy.
Our next ceremony of the day was at EBC Sergio Vieira de Mello secondary school in Dili. Here, Princess Febri Dipokusumo is greeted in the traditional way, with a ceremonial scarf.
The Peace Run is extremely grateful to H.E. Ms. Dulce de Jesus Soares, the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, for her enthusiastic support of the Peace Run during our time in Timor-Leste. In the midst of her busy schedule, Her Excellency joined the team this morning once again!
The next school we attended was Secundario 4 de septembro Unamet Dili. We were very excited to see that the students had made flags for the nationalities of each of the Peace Run team members!
The Indonesian ambassador, His Excellency Mr. Sahat Sitorus, very kindly invited the Peace Run team to lunch. We are grateful to the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to Timor-Leste for their time and generosity!
Princess Febri Dipokusumo presents a gift to both the Indonesian Ambassador and Education Minister Ms. Dulce de Jesus Soares.
The great hero warrior of Timor-Leste, Mr. Xanana Gusmao, lights the torch for the 5K ceremonial run that took place in Dili, much to the complete thrill and delight of the crowd!
Mr. Roy Triverdy, the UN Resident Coordinator, chats with the team before the start of the 5 km run.
The First Lady of Timore-Leste, Ibu Cidália Lopes Nobre Mouzinho Guterres, holds the peace torch during the Dignitaries 5K walk.
Princess Febri Dipokusumo and the Indonesian ambassador to Timor, His Excellency Mr. Sahat Sitorus, present during the ceremony.
Ms. Dulce de Jesus Soares, Ibu Cidália Lopes Nobre Mouzinho Guterres, Princess Febri Dipokusumo, and Salil, all hold the Peace Torch together.
Ms. Angelica Sarmiento, Vice President of the Parliament, holds the torch with the First Lady and with Princess Febri.
Mr. Nélio Isaac Sarmento, Secretary of State Youth and Sports. He was the head of the Peace Run Organising Committee, whose teamwork brought about such a wonderful variety of activities involving so many people and children of Timor-Leste.
Princess Febri Dipokusumo, District Governor-Elect of the Rotary Club in Indonesia, receives a gift from members of the Rotary Club in Dili.