James Whitty joins the run for peace in Wexford
Published 02/04/2016 | 00:00
JAMES Whitty from the Whitford House Hotel briefly joined The Sri Chinmoy Oness-Home Peace Run when it breezed through the town recently.
The peace run is one of the world's largest grassroots movements to bring people together. Runners carry an Olympic-style torch to over 100 countries around the world, and each year over a million people hold the torch, passing it on from hand-to-hand and sharing their hopes for a better world. Everywhere the Run goes, it partners locally with schools, community groups, sporting organisations and politicians to make it truly a community based event.
As part of the run, James Whitty was asked to complete a section of the course joined by members of Wexford Marathon Club.
The torch has been held by some of the foremost figures in world affairs including Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Mikhail Gorbachev.
The Run is also actively supported by top athletes, among them nine-times Olympian Carl Lewis and five-time Olympic medallist Tatyana Lebedeva. It was founded in 1987 by humanitarian Sri Chinmoy as a way to give voice to the deep human need for world harmony and oneness. Sri Chinmoy won international acclaim for his numerous initiatives to unite people from many cultures and walks of life to work for a more fulfilling world. An athlete, philosopher, artist and poet, Sri Chinmoy, who passed away in October 2007, dedicated his life to advancing the ideals of world harmony and oneness.