DEPUTY mayor Lisa Intemann has proudly accepted the peace torch from a team of international runners from the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run — the world’s longest torch relay — at Gaol Point, Port Macquarie.
In Australia, a team of runners from 13 nations is carrying the torch over 3,500 kilometres from Brisbane to Adelaide.
Members of the Hastings community joined the lead runner as they ran into Port Macquarie at 12pm on Thursday, June 1.
Cr Intemann took the torch from Amalendu Edelston, the team leader for the Peace Run, while overlooking pristine Town Beach.
“Every town puts their own wishes and prayers into the torch, and we are like couriers carrying those wishes and prayers onto each town,” Mr Edelston said.
“We are very glad to pass the torch onto Lisa and Port Macquarie.”
“What a fantastic organisation and activity this is. They have been running for 30 years – literally,” Cr Intemann added.
“Today, from Kempsey to Port Macquarie and then onto Taree, the message is just wonderful and something for all of us to take notice of.”
The Peace Run is a truly global event that aims to promote friendship and understanding in the world community.
It was founded in 1987 by peace ambassador Sri Chinmoy, who has been internationally recognised for his numerous peace initiatives.
Since its inception, the Peace Run has traversed across 150 nations and touched the lives of millions of people.
It does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations.
This year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first Peace Run.