A LOCAL bird sanctuary Kuimba Shiri was over the weekend conferred with a Sri Chinmoy International Peace Park award for its sterling efforts at campaigning for peace under difficult conditions.
Gary Stafford, owner of the bird sanctuary, told NewsDay yesterday that he felt honoured by the award, adding that the recognition should remind Zimbabweans about the importance of peaceful co-existence.
“We know the importance of peace and even in the last years have not been easy, we managed to stay together and that is how Zimbabweans are,” Stafford said.
The award was presented at a colourful ceremony held at the park near Lake Chivero following a Peace Run along the shores of the lake.
According to the organisers of the event, the Peace Run was inspired by world peace dreamer, Sri Chinmoy, to provide an opportunity for communities, administrators and citizens to give expression to their hopes and dreams for a more peaceful world.
The event was organised by members of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, the world’s largest global participation torch relay, which was involved millions of people worldwide since 1987.
“The Peace Run has received support from many world leaders and great athletes including former South African President, the late Neslon Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa and Carl Lewis among many others,” read a statement from the event organisers.
There are over 150 countries, over 800 states, cities, natural wonders and man-made structures dedicated to world friendship and peace.
Speaking at the same occasion, Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni congratulated Stafford for his commitment to promoting peace.
Miss Earth Zimbabwe Samantha Dika also said: “We are all from different backgrounds, but we are co-exisiting peacefully. We should continue loving each other in peace and this love should continue going around.”