The Ficino School Running Club formed part of a worldwide peace chain when they took part in the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run on Friday 27 May. Children had the opportunity to hold, and run with the Peace Torch in Mt Eden as it makes its way around the globe, eventually encompassing visits to over 100 different countries and territories.
Celebrating its 30th year, the run provides students with an opportunity to combine physical fitness with the development of positive values which work towards the promotion of a greater global understanding and harmony.
This opportunity embodied many of the practices and teaching that Ficino School offers to its students. From the importance of the nourishment of their minds and bodies to the growing of their innate ability to care for others and develop respect for everyone.
Peter Crompton, principal at Ficino School participated in the Peace Run which took the torch to the top of Mt Eden “Our students were excited to be part of a respected global phenomenon that advocates for such an important aim – the move to a more harmonious and unified world. Throughout their schooling, the students at Ficino School are given the tools and direction to enable them to practise what is good with resilience and courage, a value that holds true to that of the Peace Run founder – Sri Chinmoy”
The 10 Peace runners, led by Daniel Rubin, accompanied the Club to the summit of Mt Eden. The torch continues down to schools in Hamilton, Tauranga and Rotorua. Mr Rubin presented Ficino School with a certificate of appreciation and a print of one of Sri Chinmoy’s paintings.
Mrs Clare Watkins, Year 5 teacher and avid runner(!), was presented with a unique “World Harmony Run Torch Bearer Award” for her role in organising the peace run on Friday and inspiring others to follow. Mr Rubin notes “This is a very special award to honour members of the community who are significantly inspiring and uplifting to the standard of society.”