Faith at Work XLVI

May 2008

The Olympic flame is currently on a global tour on the biggest relay of its kind covering 137,000 miles and 135 cities over 130 days. It was lit on 24 March in front of the Temple of Hera on the historic grounds of Olympia and is scheduled to arrive in Beijing on 8th August for the opening of the Games. This month, it is planned to pass through Tibet on its way to Mount Everest, the highest point on earth, and will return again to Lhasa in June. Sport at its best has nothing to do with politics; it is simply aimed at providing an opportunity to compete with the best in the world and establish an ever-increasing summit of individual or team performance; that’s what attracts us to follow the spectacle and humanity is always seeking new goals to achieve.

This time last year another group sponsored by GKN were seeking to fly a powered paraglider higher than anyone has ever done before over the summit of Mount Everest. The explorer Bear Grylls, already the youngest climber, at 23 years old, ever to reach the summit on foot was planning to fly over it with a back-pack motor designed by Gilo Cardozo – they both set off from base camp with their separate machines on 13 May but the weather window was insufficient for them and the flight was called off, but on 14 May the morning was bright and clear and though Gilo’s motor failed on his attempt, Bear was able to continue up and above the summit, an amazing achievement. The GKN Chevron, used to represent the challenge, has also done its tour of GKN facilities worldwide and has triggered sponsored events to help charities locally and in some of Africa’s most deprived areas.

Paraglider flying above Everest 2007
paraglider taking off to conquer Everest

It is good to be able to link exotic events like this to significant support of the world’s poor and $2.7 million has been raised by GKN Mission Everest to help make the world a better place for people in need [read about it on]. So, we hope and pray that there will be an appropriate resolution of the tension between Tibet and China as the Olympic torch goes by. It would be good if the monks of Lhasa were allowed the freedom to continue their peaceful tradition of spiritual commitment. There is a peace prayer that also completes a world tour every 24 hours – it is suggested that people stop at 12 noon wherever they are around the world and pray:

Lead me from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our beings,
our world and our universe.

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