Indonesia’s Peace Run adds colour to Scouting
Messengers of Peace team of Gerakan Pramuka conducted a Peace Run and Peace Movie Competition in Jakarta, gathering 795 runners and 115 volunteers to celebrate the International Day of Peace.
The event coincided with the “Car-Free Day,” a weekly event in the country where the main streets of Jakarta are free from vehicles from 6am-11am every Sunday. Wearing their MoP scarves, Scouts enjoyed the peace run along with other non-Scout participants.
Upon reaching the finish line, different colors were thrown in the air commemorating the victory of the runners. For non-runners who also came, they enjoyed taking part in the peace dialogue and playing the games.
On the other hand, the Peace Movie competition received five entries from different groups which created a short clips and shared it in their Youtube channel and posted in scout.org.
Participant Dini Suputri said, “This kind of event is rare in Scouting, and coinciding it with the Car Free Day is just a crazy yet fun idea. Appreciation for the committee and those who are in charge. Can’t wait to see another fun event like this.”
Supriyadi, Gerakan Pramuka Vice-Chairman for Youth Programme said, “Messengers of Peace really gives a new colour on Scouting. Nowadays, Scouting is not only about camping, hiking and other old-fashion activities, but with MoP activity such as this, it has improved the style of Scouting”.
-- By Erwin Samuel Ramli