Running to raise awareness on nuclear weapons abolition
More than 12,000 peace lovers participated in the Run for Peace 2019 held at Kota Iskandar organised by Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) in conjunction with the “Month of Peace”.
In addition to that, another 5000 runners got together at Batu Pahat and 3000 in Muar, Johor.
The Run for Peace is a non-competitive biennial event held by SGM since 2005, and to date, more than 250,000 peace lovers had participated in the run. The key objective of the run is to raise awareness on anti-nuclear weapons and cultivate a culture of peace in the community.
In a welcoming speech, Michael Kok, President SGM spoke that, though we are still facing the threat of nuclear weapons at present, we remain committed and believe that so long as we possess the awareness and continue to strive earnestly to sow the seeds of peace in our heart and mind, we can one day achieve our vision to create a world free of nuclear weapons.
The organiser shared that the starting point of their peace movement begun on 8th September 1957, when Soka Gakkai’s second president Josei Toda made a historic declaration calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons, condemning nuclear weapons as “an absolute evil” which threaten humanity’s right to live, and called for their prohibition.