Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run – Part 4
Since its inception in 1987 the Run has traversed over 150 nations and territories and touched the lives of millions of people. The torch has been carried over ca. 395,000 miles (632,000 km).
The Peace Run does not seek to raise money or highlight any political cause, but simply strives to create goodwill among peoples of all nations.
By passing the torch from one person to the next, the relay offers people from many nations the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for a better, brighter future. People from all walks of life hold the symbolic torch to wish for a peaceful world. Passing the torch from one person to the next unites us together in our common aspiration to offer something positive to our world – together we can make a difference!
In 2019, for the first time, the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run encircles the entire globe in a calendar year, bringing the Peace Torch to every country of the Southern Hemisphere.
Region One – Australia/Oceania (January – April)
Starting and finishing in Bali, the Torch will travel to Vanuatu, Timor Leste, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, in early February before commencing its Australian journey in Brisbane on 12 February, concluding in Melbourne on 1 March. From Melbourne, the Torch will fly to New Zealand where the route will cover the entire length of the nation from Cape Reinga at the northernmost point of the North Island (4 March), to Bluff at the southern extremity of the South Island (27 March. From here, a side journey will bring one Torch to Antarctica, while the main Torch will proceed to visit the Pacific Island Nations of Tuvalu, Samoa, Fiji and Tonga in early April.
• Indonesia, Bali — 23 January, 25 January, 27 January, 31 January
• Vanuatu, Port Vila — 4 February, 5 February
• Timor-Leste, Dili — 5 February, 6 February, 7 February, 8 February
• Solomon Islands, Honiara — 6 February, 7 February, 8 February
• Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby — 9 February, 10 February
• New Zealand
Tuvalu, Funafuti — 28 March > Kavatoetoe – Amatuku Island 29 March > Funafuti 30 March
Samoa, Nandi, Fiji – Saleimoa Village, Samoa — 31 March > Apia 1 April > Apia 2 April
Tonga — 2 April > Nuku’alofa 3 April > Nuku’alofa 4 April
Fiji, Nandi — 5 April
Region Two – South America (May – June)
The Peace Torch will make stops in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay in late April/early May, before commencing the single longest continual running stretch of its round-the-world journey across South America. Commencing in Valparaiso, Chile on 8 May, the Torch will be carried across the Andes before traversing Argentina to Buenos Aires (24 May), continuing from Montivedeo (29 May) through Uruguay, to cross the border at Chuy into Brazil on 5 June, concluding in Rio De Janeiro on 30 June.
Region Three – Africa (September – October)
In addition to “off-route” visits to Angola, Namibia and Malawi, the main route through Africa will commence at the Cape Town International Marathon on 21 September, traversing South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania in a 7-week run/drive/bus/train adventure, culminating with an ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro.
Region Four – Indian Ocean Island Nations (October – November)
In late October, the Peace Torch will embark on its final leg visiting Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius and the Maldives, before returning to Bali for the Grand Finale, a week of events and festivities until November 13, 2019.
Image by Klernax Huber