United States 14 August: Newhaven - Greenwich
One State and one day to go!
The womens team were extremely grateful to be accommodated in the small town of Monroe at the beautiful home of their dear friend Archee, her sweet mother, Jane, and their loyal dog, Lady. Lady is representing the three of them in this picture! Much gratitude!
We were all quite excited today because we are one day away from the end of the 2018 Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run. This is the last day of presentations to groups of people before we return to New York tomorrow so we were eager to share the torch with as many people as we could.
They enjoyed showing us the countries and regions of origin of our team members. This is Connecticut.
We were very fortunate today to have State Senator Tony Hwang with us for this visit to Wakeman Boys and Girls Club. He is an enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring man who interacted with complete ease with the children and the team owing to his cheerful demeanour. Mr Hwang spoke highly of the need for peace and was very encouraging to the team. He is an excellent role model to the children in his electorate.
One of our favorite and heart melting moments in every presentation is the genuine yearning the children share.
Executive Director of the Wakeman Club David Blagys joins us for a photo. Thank you for having us visit you today.
Running with the kids is always a highlight for us too. These girls wanted to hear more of the Australian accent
Our next stop was lunch with the Rotary Club of Westport at their meeting in Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Branson Hall.
The club very kindly hosted the team for lunch and a short presentation of our Peace Run. Thank you to Rotary Club President Jeffrey Weiser and members for welcoming the team today
The Peace Run video gives a good overview of the International flavour and we share this quality with Rotary that has branches in almost as many countries as we have visited.
The team was honoured with a reception from Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling at Stew Leonards. This is an historic stop that the Peace Run makes in most years and Stew Leonards put a sign up for us each time! Mayor Rilling is a long time supporter and friend of the Peace Run.
The welcome committee! Thank you so much for coming out to give us such a joyful welcome as we ran down the road... and also for the great ice cream.
A special thank you also to Senator Bob Duff who made time to come and share the message of the Peace Run today with us and also to local legend and Masters running champion Mary Roman, who came to run with the team.
Mary Roman the amazingly youthful and cheerful octagenarian Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. (2016) Mary reminds us that age is no barrier to our success.
We have enjoyed a lot of media attention on this years run. This really helps to spread the simple and powerful message that the Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run shares with every person we meet to a much wider audience.
with a jovial Mayor, David Martin, who surprised us by arriving on his Mayoral Bicycle, setting a wonderful example for peace.
This girl quickly locates Japan on our map. We have been very impressed with the knowledge of world geography that many of the children have. This gives us a lot of hope for the concept of a truly Oneness Home becoming a reality.