Walk for Values in Sri Lanka

To share the message of Sathya Sai Baba, the SSIO of Sri Lanka sponsored a 3-km Walk for Values on 23rd April 2017 in the capital city of Colombo. About 800 people, including SSIO members and their family and friends, local school children, members of various religious and charitable organisations, and government officials, joined the walk. Twenty religious and spiritual leaders pledged their support to the SSIO for its efforts to serve all and unite society through the practice of human values. The event’s altruistic goal inspired mainstream media to publicise the event in print, television, and radio, free of cost. SSE students and Young Adults offered handcrafted items, along with T-shirts, caps, and scarves for sale, to support the initiative. SSIO members walked joyfully in unison with other organisations’ members, wearing caps, shawls, badges, and scarves bearing the official Walk For Values logo. The event began with a multifaith dance recital and keynote speeches by Dr. Praneeth Abeysundara, Chairman, All Ceylon Buddhist Congress of Sri Lanka; Hon. A. H. M. Fowzi, State Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation; and Hon. Mano Ganesan, Minister of National Coexistence Dialogue and Official Languages. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the procession moved through the heart of Colombo, accompanied by four beautiful floats constructed by Sathya Sai children and young adults. The picturesque floats, adorned with structures, decorations, and human values messages, carried children dressed in costumes from various faiths and religions. The landmark event concluded with singing of the Sri Lankan national anthem in both Sinhalese and Tamil languages.