World Harmony Run in Malaysia

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The International World Harmony Run team has recently arrived on the beautiful island of Borneo in the city of Kota Kinabalu (KK), capital of the Malaysian region of Sabah. White, sandy beaches, waving palm trees and the smiles of the locals greeted us here at every doorstep. We chose this Wednesday as our World Harmony Run adventure in Sabah’s capital city. The day started bright and early for us runners, as we were expected at our first meeting already at 7 a.m.! Fortunately the pleasant temperatures here in the tropics make such an early departure all the more bearable. So with bright spirits and smiling faces we ran into St. Agnes primary school, where 400 school children aged 9-11 were eagerly waiting for us. St. Agnes is a mixed school of Christian and Muslim students. Their blending together of social and religious backgrounds conveyed to us the real meaning of harmony. From St. James we went to the centre of town, where we were expected at Kota Kinabalu’s City Hall. Maria Othman Lee, deputy director general of KK, greeted us there together with many of her staff members. In response we thanked the city of KK and sang to the gathered crowd a song about Malaysia composed by Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Run, praising the many good qualities he had felt the country embodies, such as the harmonious blending of religions and the generous and open-hearted spirit of its citizens. After the ceremony, which took place in front of the building, we all retired upstairs to enjoy some baked local delicacies the city had prepared for us. Some of the runners recounted their experiences of the World Harmony Run and the privilege of meeting so many different people in all parts of the world, somehow all connected to this common goal of trying to improve our world – starting with ourselves – and thus trying to bring about what we like to refer to as ‘world-harmony’.

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