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Ireland 20 March: Dublin schools
Today we visited a couple of schools in Dublin in preparation for our journey around the entire country. Our first school was the Griffiths Barracks multidenominational school. We entered to a chorus of enthusiastic cheers from the children.
Colm began our presentation by explaining about our run, how we are running 1400km around the whole country, but that we can't do it alone - we need to work as a team in order to succeed, and that's where harmony comes in...
The camera is from Den TV's News2day programme, who were doing a news item on us.
We explained how keeping harmony in the world is the responsibility of each and every person, and invited everyone to reflect for a minute on what harmony means to them inside their own hearts...
Then it was time for the children to Run with the torch, as you can see, they were all very happy to smile for the camera in this glorious weather.
The school had alo prepared a very nice rendition of the World Harmony Run Song composed by the founder of the Run, Sri Chinmoy, and they sang it for us accompanied by a teacher on guitar.
Colm, our Irish coordinator, presented a certificate to the principal.
We would like to thank all the staff and children at Griffith Barracks Multidenominational school for making our visit so enjoyable.
Our second visit of the day was to Scoil Naomh Peadair Boys School. The children were playing in the schoolyard as we entered and very quickly curious heads turned towards the flaming torch being carried into their school. The children assembled inside and as they did, Principal Hurley and Mr O Carroll invited us very warmly to their school.
It was a delight to give a presentation to such an energetic bunch of boys. They asked very bright questions of the team always wanting to know more of how, why, where and when.
Having had the opportunity to learn more about the World Harmony Run the children were quite keen to run themselves. Out we went to the playground where the sun was shining bright in the blue sky and with torch leading, they ran a lap of the schoolyard.
In the afternoon we had time to decorate our support vehicle with World Harmony Run stickers. Luckily we had a skilled group of craftsmen to do the job! Purnendu got distracted and instead played football with the children next door...
Overall it was a great day of inspiration to us kindle the spirit of the run and motivate ourselves for the journey ahead of us.
Colm Magee, Sundar Dalton (Ireland), Purnendu Knezevic (Serbia), Matthias Eckerle (Germany), Adhiratha Keefe (USA), Boijayanti Gomez-Badillo (Puerto Rico), Aivaras Zydelis (Lithuania), Rupashri Brown, Kallola Brown (New Zealand)
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