Jenny Dowell shares something in common with Mother Teresa
LISMORE'S Mayor has been recognised as a "peace-loving person", as an international group of runners presented her with a flaming peace torch on the council's steps earlier today.
Mayor Jenny Dowell met with two members of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, including organiser Animesh Harrington.
He said the group of runners met with Ms Dowell three years ago as they came through Lismore.
"I think in a way she sees in the Peace Run a kindred spirit," Mr Harrington said. "She's such a peace-loving person, she belongs to Mayors for Peace."
Ms Dowell said she believes the Peace Run's mission fits in well with Lismore's image.
"We in Lismore want to build peace in the community and beyond that," she said.
"This torch has been held by Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela ... it's a way of linking people throughout the world."
On June 14 the group will host a special talk at Southern Cross University Lismore.
"It's about the Peace Run and its founder," Mr Harrington said.
"It's all about spreading that feeling of peace, and oneness, and (the founder's) philosophy that we're all of one family."
The international group was founded by Sri Chinmoy, a spiritual teacher from Bangladesh who dedicated his life in the service of humanity.
Next year is the 30th anniversary of the Peace Run and Lismore will be included in the tour.
The anticipated arrival of the group will be April 30 2017, as the relay makes its way from Brisbane to Perth.
The upcoming talk at SCU will be held in room H101, H block, on Tuesday June 14 at 9.30am.