The Teens for Unity on US West Coast joined the worldwide relay race for peace that took place on May 3, 2015. The Run4Unity is an annual sporting event for teens all over the world who want to express their desire for peace and solidarity for their peers in countries battered by war.
“Discovering Universal Brotherhood” was the title of this year’s Run4Unity. The Teens from Los Angeles, California, decided to organize a hike through the Hollywood Mountains. The teens invited other youth and families who wanted to join them for the “Hike for Peace.” Each of the participants were invited to bring a donation for Syrian refugees residing in Jordan.
First thing in the morning, the Teens for Unity explained the history and goals of the Run4Unity project and their desire of doing it as a symbolic step towards peace and unity. During the day they touched base by phone with Teens in other cities having similar events: El Paso, TX; Madera, CA; and, for the first time, Honolulu, HI. It was a wonderful moment to share their experiences and encourage each other in this event for peace.
All these events around the world had a common thread, a moment of prayer called the “Time Out” which is done every day at noon in the different time zones. When the clock ticked to 12:00 sharp!, all the hikers were invited to stop for a minute of silence in which everyone prayed for peace in the world.
Almost 24 hours after the first Run4Unity event started in Wellington, New Zealand, Honolulu was the city in which this worldwide relay finished. In this way, the race around the earth was completed, bringing joy and hope to those in hundreds of places all over the world.