With the deadline of a 12PM flight out, the precision scheduling of the Kiribati Peace Run continued. The team (and their hand luggage) was picked up at 7.30AM headed to the area where the Governor’s residence and government offices are located.
With such a tight schedule, our luggage and passports were taken to the airport before us, giving us more time to spend in Kiribati with the Peace Torch.
We started outside the State House and we all thought it was appropriate that it has a statue of someone welcoming you with open arms.
We loaded into cars and the back of our two police escort trucks and headed to the four schools to which we were to present. To make this possible the four schools combined into two and our already-compact team was split.
The first drop off was Nurari and Uddyogini and banner, to engage hundreds of students (at least 800) from Bikenibeu Primary and KGV.
Fortunately we had picked up runners from Morosi School enroute who boosted the team presence. … followed rapidly with country guessing game (including our absent members), World Harmony Run song (with actions), learning the motto .. … and passing the Peace Torch amongst some of the students.
Arriving at the airport we farewelled our running friends and boxed up the torches. The extraordinary kindness and generous hospitality extended by the Kiribati people in general and those assisting the team to maximise their time in the country peaked at this point. Our bags had been checked in, and a pile of towels provided so we could shower. We were fortunate to meet the Minister of Education who was also waiting for his flight. Kaure Babo – MP for Maiana Island loved the quote on the back of Nurari’s T-shirt and has it written down to add to his collection of inspiring quotes from around the world. They all agreed we must come for longer next time – something I know this team would be very happy to do!
In the VIP lounge prior to our departure, the Peace Run team were fortunate enough to have some time to meet and speak with the Government Officials who helped us prepare the Peace Run in Kiribati. Here Tabotabo is wearing the official uniform: he has promised to wear it in London when he goes to receive his award from the Queen.
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