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    Tuesday, October 17, 2006

    World Harmony Run

    Here's a "run" worthy of participation. No money, no ribbons, no generationof
    runner's "pride" in doing something good.

    Unfortunately the buddhists beat us to it.


    The World Harmony Run is a unique event that does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations and strengthen a sense of international brotherhood and oneness. People of all nationalities, faiths and traditions have been drawn to participate in this event created by Sri Chinmoy in 1987, an Indian national, who believes that sport is a powerful instrument for promoting global harmony.

    The Run has been held 8 times since 1987 and has involved more than 5 million people. It has been endorsed by many of the nation's Mayors, Governors and Members of the Congress, as well as by Pope John Paul II, President Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among others.

    A team of international runners carrying a flaming torch to celebrate the completion of their seven months and 27,000 kilometres journey through Europe was held at the British Museum in London on 10th October. Dr Andrew Burnett, Deputy Director of the British Museum welcomed the dedicated runners and said, "We promote cultural diversity at this museum through our collections of arts and other materials from around the world whilst you (the runners) have done it through the Harmony Run". The Museum attracts five million visitors from the four corners of the globe every year.

    During the year, simultaneous runs have been taking place in Africa, Asia, America and Australasia as part of the World Harmony Run, visiting communities, schools, government and non- governmental organisations in more than 100 countries.

    Here in the States we run for cancer, assorted other diseases, social
    justice, and mainly just plain runner's pride at being good people and doing
    "something". Usually money is involved, as if charity first required completion
    of a race route.


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