San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 25, 2008
The Olympic torch was passed in real time from Beijing to London in a ceremony in San Francisco, as Beijing completes its final day (24 August) and as the time in London was 20:12 (8:12 PM) the year of the next summer Olympics. An official Olympic Torch bearer in San Francisco, Andrew Michael, Director of Partnerships For Change (http://www.partnershipsforchange.com), participated in the ceremony with Tibetans and Tibetan monks that both purified and blessed the torch, the symbol of the Beijing Olympics.
With the Olympics closing in Beijing, the world begins looking to London 2012 for inspiration. Sponsored by Partnerships For Change and Andrew Michael, and Olympic relay torch bearer in partnership with the Tibetan Association of Northern California, the official Olympic torch makes its way from San Francisco’s Chinatown and symbolically passes through the Stockton tunnel into the new light of Union Square. Like its namesake the torch was purified of wrongs committed during the march to Beijing, such as the Tibetans that were unfairly hurt and imprisoned in Tibet and around the world. The Tibetan monks also prayed for a blessing of peace, unity and the highest good for all sentient beings to be expressed in the next Olympic games in London, 2012. Andrew Michael urged that the highest ideals of human spirit be embedded in the world as the next Olympics occur. He said there should be no room on the world stage for violations of human rights in any country or between countries, e.g. Russia to Georgia and the Chinese Communists against the Tibetans.
The Tibetan monks prayed over the Olympic torch especially for its purification for the souls of those that have been hurt, injured, and imprisoned during the Beijing Olympics. The monks also prayed for a peaceful and victorious Olympics in London in 2012, that the entire family of human spirits could be appropriately recognized and celebrated in the lead up to and the actual completion of the 2012 games.
Partnerships For Change (PFC) works with people around the globe to promote direct humanitarian action and sustainable development. Most recently, PFC has been providing direct humanitarian relief to the victims of Cyclone Nagris in Burma. PFC recently raised support for and money to open a monastery for Kuten La, the medium of the Oracle of Tibet, in Mundgod, India. In January 2008, the Dalai Lama blessed the new monastery. Also in January, a Women’s Empowerment Center for the lowest caste women, the Dahlit, was opened in Sendivakkam, a rural village 70 kilometers from Chennai.
Franciscan Nuns of the Bon Secour’s Convent partnered with Partnerships For Change to build the center and providing training for 50 women at a time in sewing and embroidery. To truly make such an enterprise truly sustainable, PFC is now working with the Women’s Empowerment Center and the Tibetan refugee community in India to have them be the primary producers of a line of Healthy Toys (trademarked). The first line of toys will be produced in 2009 as the funding is gathered.
Perhaps PFC and the global supply chain built with the Tibetan refugees and the Dahlit women, being at the core, will provide some of the mascots toys and dolls for the London 2012 Olympics.
The ceremony was completed with the Olympic torch in San Francisco just as in real time Beijing completes its final day of competition and as the city of London experienced in time 20:12 (or 8:12 PM).
For additional information about Partnerships For Change, contact Andrew Michael, Director PFC, at 415-533-6210, email: Andrew @ partnershipsforchange.com or Jacqueline Miller, President & CEO of PFC, at 415-548-3330 or visit http://www.partnershipsforchange.com .