International Peace Run arrives in Strabane

St Catherine’s PS principal Bridget Wilders pictured with the runners from Global Torch Relay peace run. DR86

THE Sri Chinmoy Oneness–Home Peace Run arrived in Strabane this week, visiting two local schools.
The Peace Run, a global torch relay that seeks to promote international friendship and understanding was launched in 1987 and over the past 30 years has been carried over 395,000 miles.
According to organisers, the run is “a global torch relay that embodies humanity’s universal aspiration for peace.”
This year’s European leg of the 2018 Peace Run was launched in Bulgaria in March.
On Tuesday runners entered Strabane, visiting local pupils at St Catherine’s and Strabane Controlled primary schools.
“The runners are visiting school children, community groups, organisations from all walks of life, country leaders, dignitaries and athletes, sharing with them the ideals of encouragement and support for others and fostering teamwork and peace in our  day-to-day lives,” a spokesperson for the Peace Run explained.
“The runners will travel on a 20,000 km journey through 47 European countries to finish in Lisbon, Portugal on October 7.” 
The Irish leg of 2018 run began in Derry on Tuesday before moving to Strabane. The run passed through Derry, Donegal, Enniskillen, Cavan, and Kells to a reception at Mansion House, hosted by Dublin’s Lord Mayor followed by a meeting with TDs at Dáil Éireann before departing for Wales. 
“The simple aim of this non-profit event is to foster goodwill among people of all nations,” the spokesperson added.
“It is organised and financed entirely by local volunteers. The torch has been held by many prominent people such as Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev and sports personalities such as Muhammad Ali and Carl Lewis.
In Ireland, Sonia O’Sullivan, Catriona McKiernan and Bernard Dunne have held the Peace Torch. Presidents Mary McAleese and Mary Robinson have also welcomed previous Peace Run teams.”

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