RUNNERS from across the globe converged on Araluen Primary School last Tuesday to share messages of peace and humanity as part of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.
Students gathered to hear the story of how the Peace Run originated in 1987, initiated by Indian athlete and philosopher Sri Chinmoy.
He dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world friendship and oneness, using the sport of long distance running to unite people from all different nations by relaying a ‘peace torch’.
The torch has been carried by more than seven million people in more than 150 countries and has summited Mt Everest, travelled to space and visited all seven continents, as well as tiny island nations.
In passing the torch to one another, students carried out the same act as many before them, including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Queen Elizabeth II and Muhammad Ali.
Runners from the peace run typically run in five kilometre blocks, before passing the torch onto the next runner.
The peace torch made its way through Gippsland, last week, heading through Orbost, Lakes Entrance, Bairnsdale, Sale, Traralgon, Moe and Warragul.
This year, for the first time, the peace torch will encircle the globe, linking 44 countries of the Southern Hemisphere in a 10-month relay starting and finishing in Bali.
Already, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea have participated.
The team arrived in Melbourne on Friday, after journeying from Brisbane.