Little Red Scarf serves to provide financial means and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide the family with post-operative care and help their child sustain a healthy lifestyle. In May, LRS participated in the Hui Ling Walkathon in hopes to raise awareness and acceptance of the mentally disabled community.
On the morning of May 27th, Little Red Scarf participated in the 9th Hui Ling Walkathon hosted by Lanzhou Hui Ling Mental Retardation Service Center and Lanzhou Youth Entrepreneurship Culture Communication Co., Ltd. More than 2000 people from different positions, such as people with social and mental disabilities, charitable figures, government officials, volunteers, and media reporters of nonprofit organizations and corporations showed up.
There were performances by the mentally disabled, speeches by the hosts, warm ups, and jogging.
We knew a volunteer who had had congenital heart disease and was taking part in the activities. She had an operation in Beijing when she was in 2nd grade. Now she is very optimistic and open. She was willing to be a volunteer after she knew the children whom LRS tried to help.
We also saw volunteers of Lanzhou City Qi Li River District Ling Xing Special Education Center.
Through the walkathon event, we hope to increase the integration of the mentally disabled and public community together, and raise awareness and acceptance of these vulnerable groups.
Original article by Ai Ju Chang, translated by Shishi Ma, edited by US intern Ally Nguyen, Lauren Kam, and Janna Wang.
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