Johannesburg – On Wednesday the 23 September 2019, runners from across four continents formed part of the world’s longest relay for peace, the Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, which stopped at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.
Established in 1987, the Oneness-Peace Run came about as a way of promoting understanding and the founding of harmonious relationships between people of all nations, faiths and cultures. Past participants in the global relay include the likes of Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who during their time supported the relay and held the peace torch.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) and Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) have a long-standing friendship with the Sri Chinmoy movement – a friendship that was forged many years ago by Madiba.
“The late Sri Chinmoy believed in creating a harmonious world for all which the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital still holds in high regard,” said NMCH CEO, Dr Mandisa Maholwana. “As a legacy project of the Mr Mandela, together with our founding organisation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, we endorse this message and wish the runners a safe journey across the world,’’ Maholwana concluded.
Sri Chinmoy, founder of Oneness-Home Peace Run, is an Indian philosopher and spiritual guide whose relationship with Madiba began during his tenure as South African president to promote the harmony to benefit the global community.
For the first-time this year, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run will be visiting 44 nations south of the equator as part of the Southern Hemisphere Peace Run.
By passing the torch from one person to the next, the relay offers people from various nations the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for a better and brighter future.
Abhijatri Robinson, Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Runner, said, “The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run simply strives to create goodwill and a feeling of oneness amongst different people and cultures, similar to what Nelson Mandela and Sri Chinmoy stood for. We are very happy to be keeping this legacy alive.’’
The Southern Hemisphere Peace Run started in Bali, Indonesia in January and has also visited Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, the Island countries of the South Pacific and South America and recently South Africa.
The team will visit another 16 African nations coming full circle in a climbing of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It will at that point travel to the island countries of the Indian Ocean before going back to Bali for a special closing ceremony in November this year.
On June 21, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) celebrated 2 years since opening. NMCH is now the second dedicated children’s hospital in Southern Africa and treats children in need of surgical and life-saving interventions as a result of complex illnesses. NMCH offers the following critical services: Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units (the largest in the country), Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, General Surgery as well as Renal Services supported by Diagnostic Radiology, Anaesthesia and Allied Health Services.
Issued by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital
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For more information on Sri Chinmoys’ Oneness-Home Peace Run and how you can participate, please visit https://www.srichinmoycentre.org/peace-run