Thursday, December 21, 2023

[HWPL] HWPL's Running Festival in New Zealand!



[HWPL] HWPL's Running Festival in New Zealand!

Chairman ManHee Lee is the head representative of the global peace organization HWPL (Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light), which is striving for the enactment and implementation of the international peace law 'Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW)'. The  DPCW is a legal instrument comprised of 10 articles and 38 clauses that can end wars and hostilities throughout the world. HWPL is also spreading a culture of peace and implementing peace education.

Chairman ManHee Lee experienced the cruelty and tragedy of war as a veteran of the Korean War. This is one of the reasons why he founded a global peace campaign as the head of HWPL. He has traveled the globe more than 35 times to meet and persuade politicians, legal experts, journalists, professors, peace activists, civil organization leaders, heads of tribes and others to unite them for the work of peace. The significant fruits borne out of his hard work are the World Alliance of Religions' Peace (WARP) Summit and HWPL Peace Committee. The DPCW was drafted and finalised by the HWPL Peace Committee.

How, you may wonder, do I know this? About 10 years ago, when I had just been discharged from military service, I came to know HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee while researching the topic of civil conflicts to satisfy my curiosity in ongoing global issues. At that time, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was suffering from a major civil conflict that lasted more than 40 years, and Chairman ManHee Lee and HWPL resolved this conflict through non-violent means.

Chairman Lee brought an end to the conflict in Mindanao by holding a peace talk between the warring Catholic and Islamic groups. Before the talk, HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee held a Peace Walk to spread the culture of peace in Mindanao with the many locals who had gathered out of a desire for peace.

Chairman ManHee Lee's pressing appeal today is that humanity unites for sustainable peace in order to pass on the legacy of peace to future generations worldwide. He doesn't just talk peace, but has worked tirelessly for it through practical peace campaigns for over a decade.

I decided to become a supporter of HWPL and Chairman ManHee Lee's peace initiatives because I also desire a world of peace for all posterity.

Today I'd like to introduce an article from HWPL official homepage regarding HWPL's Running Festival in New Zealand :)

A Running Festival took place in Auckland, New Zealand

On October 15th, The Great South Road Running Festival, a peace marathon, was held in Auckland, New Zealand. The event was organized by the Be a Wolf Foundation and the New Zealand branch of International Peace Youth Group (IPYG). It was established to unite the local community and contribute to society through fundraising.

The marathon began from Auckland’s Allenby Park and consisted of a total of four courses: a 5km, 10km, 22km, and 70km run throughout Auckland, with participants from diverse backgrounds.

This was the second event of the Youth Engagement & Peacebuilding Working Group (YEPW) prepared jointly by the Auckland-based charity Be a Wolf Foundation and the IPYG New Zealand branch. In the first YEPW event in April this year, IPYG New Zealand volunteers held a “Dream Letter” to support children’s dreams and hopes through a Hoodie Drop.

What was noteworthy about this event were the volunteers who willingly devoted themselves to developing a culture of peace in the local community. Many residents who attended contributed to the process, from preparing and running the event to finishing it.

Nayzel Sushil (Founder, Be a Wolf Foundation) said “Honestly, IPYG did so good and I wouldn’t have been able to do anything without volunteers. They are the MVP (most valuable people). It goes to show that the little support can mean so much for the runners which I found to be the most efficient.”

Dicken Yiu (General Director, IPYG, New Zealand Branch) said “It was a successful event where participants all enjoyed the run and were able to give back to the community. IPYG volunteers were honored to be of support and for next year we would love to see a bigger event where more families and youth can join in to support for the cause of community unity and helping individuals and families in need.”

IPYG New Zealand branch and Be a Wolf Foundation will continue to discuss ways to promote harmony and peace culture in New Zealand. They aim to engage more youth organizations in YEPW in New Zealand to actualize peace. The YEPW plans in New Zealand aim to provide young people the opportunities to make positive change in their communities, expand their networks, create a peace culture in regions led by youth, and carry out various volunteer services.

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