The inaugural London Interfaith Fun Run took place on the August Bank Holiday (Monday 30th August) at the Stone X Stadium in Copthall, London. This first-of-its-kind event saw hundreds of runners challenge themselves and raise money for charities. The majority of the runners were present in the Stadium, but many joined virtually by running in their own locations, some as far away as Hyderabad, India.
The London Interfaith Fun Run was supported by the Greater London Lieutenancy’s Council on Faith. The event raised money for over 30 charities that work across religious and cultural communities, celebrating and supporting our diverse capital.
Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band London was honoured to accept the invitation to perform at the start of the London Interfaith Fun Run 2021 representing Lord Shree SwaminarayanBapa Swamibapa, Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, and current spiritual leader of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, Acharya Shree Jitendriyapriya Swamiji Maharaj.
The Band kicked of their performance by saluting the event’s chief guest, Sir Kenneth Olisa, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. Sir Ken is a long-standing friend of Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury, having visited on a number of occasions and had the darshan of Ved Ratna Acharya Swamishree Maharaj. In 2015 Her Majesty the Queen appointed Ken as her Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London – the first British-born black Lord-Lieutenant in the role’s 500-year history.