Award for Vu Xuan Hong for his efforts in Vietnam

The “World Harmony Run”, an international initiative for peace, established by Sri Chinmoy 25 years ago,  was truly honoured to be able to present His Excellency Vu Xuan Hong with their World Harmony Run Torch-Bearer award In Nha Trang, Vietnam. Mr. Hong currently serves in quite a number of capacities. He is President of the VUFO (Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations), which co-ordinates Vietnam’s official contacts with all international organisations; Deputy to National Assembly; Member of National Assembly’s External Affairs Comittee and Permanent Member of the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs. Perhaps most importantly he is a man who values peace, friendship and harmony above all elseand works tirelessly to enable these qualities to find a fertile environment in which to thrive.  The World Harmony Run has been working with his organisation for 20 years, since Sri Chinmoy’s first visit to Viet Nam in 1992. In 2004 Mr Hong arranged or Sri Chinmoy to receive Vietnam’s highest national award given to a person from another nation – the Medal for Peace and Friendship Among Nations. Representatives of over 30 countries introduced themselves by saying their country and the word for Peace in their language. As an introduction to the World Harmnoy Run, a video of Dr. Davidson Hepburn, President of the UNESCO General Conference (2009-2011) was shown. It included clips from World Harmony Run events around the world, which illustrate Dr Hepburn’s message for 25th Anniversary of the World Harmony Run and a vision for the decade 2012 to 2022 and beyond. Executive Director Salil Wilson presented Mr Hong with the “Torch Bearer” award for his service particularly in the NGO and non-profit sector. Salil said: “In Mr Hong we find not just one or two good qualities or significant achievement, but a veritable host. Here is a jewel of humanity and we are truly fortunate to have this humbling opportunity to recognise and honour his significant contributions to the betterment of humanity.”

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