Australia Zoo was proud to host a visit of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run on Sunday 28 July, and to become a Sri Chinmoy Peace Zoo.
To commemorate the occasion, Australia Zoo director Wes Mannion unveiled a special plaque near the Zoo's entrance, joining the Zoo with the international Sri Chinmoy Peace-Blossoms program - hundreds of significant landmarks, natural wonders, cities and nations around the world dedicated to the ideal of peace and oneness.
Terri, Bindi and Robert have also recently become state patrons for the run (also known around the world as the Harmony Run) and the plaque design featured images of Harriet and Siam as chosen by Terri.
"Here at Australia Zoo we have many animals living in harmony as one big family. This gives us the chance to educate the world about animal conservation and play a role in protecting all wildlife," they said in a statement. "In the spirit of making the world a better place, we send our best wishes for every success to the runners, organisers and all those who will participate in this historic relay. We encourage all Australians to express their hopes and wishes for peace and harmony through the Peace Run."
The Peace Run is in an international torch relay, covering over 100 countries around the world since its inception in 1987. The Peace Run was the dream of spiritual teacher, Sri Chinmoy, who envisaged the simple act of running around the world, passing a flaming torch from hand to hand and from heart to heart, as a means of bringing people from all nations, races and creeds together in our common yearning for a more peaceful world.
This year the Peace Run is running over 15,000 km right around the continent of Australia, in honour of the Centenary of Canberra. Runners from 26 countries are participating in the relay journey, which started in Canberra on 26 April and will finish there again on 15 August.