South Africa 21 October: Cape Town

Day Two -Cape Town welcomes the Peace Run

The Peace Run visits Cape Town schools

Inspired by the previous day's run, the team gathered at Sea Point Primary School where the whole school joined us in the hall.

Stacey introduced the ideas and ideals of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run to a receptive audience.

When it came time for the children to guess where the various Peace Runners came from, Haryaksha startled everyone by giving his clues entirely in Spanish (certainly not one of the 11 official languages of South Africa). This stumped the students for sometime but not permanently.

Chuckie's and Michon's offering in Swazi and Afrikaans respectively provided further excitement.

When it came to singing - actions spoke at least as loud as words.

The Principal explained that quite by 'coincidence' the special focus for this month had been 'Peace' and how to cultivate it in the school, community and world. She was thus delighted to be visited by the Peace Run. After the ceremony she showed the team the board with peace doves representing each class of the school used to encourage peace in school.

After the main presentation the torch was held by all the senior students and then taken to the classrooms of the junior students who all also held the torch and spread their wishes for peace out into the world.

Ellerton Primay School

The team then ran down to Ellerton Primary School

The 'Peace Monitors' of the school held the torch . . .

. . . and ran with the team.

Mountain Road School

At Mountain Road Primary School the team were greeted by the Principal . . .

. . . and school.

The students welcomed the spirit of the Peace Run . . .

. . . as did the teachers.

The team then retired to those more mundane matters that must be attended to still on the Peace Run - eating lunch in the park and a trip to the mechanic for work on one of our support vehicles.

Her Worship the Mayor greets the team.

The Peace Run ceremony with the mayor was held on the school field beneath a blue sky and the famous mountain backdrop.

The mayor spoke inspiring words to the children of the importance of peace and of the brother and sister of peace - justice and truth.

Students read poems on the topic of peace.

The Peace Run offered with gratitude a certificate of appreciation and an artwork by Peace Run founder, Sri Chinmoy, to the mayor . . .

. . . and to the Principal.

All the students got to hold the torch.

Once the ceremony was over, the team relocated to a very different location - the studios of News24 where host, Jennifer Sanasie, interviewed team members, spreading the message of the Peace Run to an even greater audience.

And after that the team turned their weary thoughts to distant Lesotho and set off with inspiration and gratitude.