In June 2019, Lanjingling has carried out 4 regular weekend activities, 1 CSR activity, 1 school inclusive activity and 1 yoga activity. Exhilaratingly, our founders Annie and Ken were invited to the 243rd Anniversary of Independence Day of the United States of America, and joyfully received good news that a new couple in our community got married.
文字 Writer：晓斌 Xiaobin
翻译 Translator：泱而 Neville、弘毅 Yoyo
编辑 Editor：纪元 Annie
REGULAR WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
The 171 – 174 beYoureyeS regular weekend running activities took place on June 2, June 9, June 16 and June 23 at Shanghai Century Park, New HongQiao Greenland, Gucun Park and Huangpu Riverside respectively; and two new participants of visual impairments joined us. The regular activity on June 30 unfortunately got cancelled due to the heavy rainy weather.
Additionally, June is the special month of IBM CSR. IBM union actively organized employees to participate in our regular weekend activities for 3 consecutive weeks.
Colleagues of IBM were active and obligatory. They responsibly participated in trainings for newcomers, learned basic knowledge about accompanied running, and experienced running in the dark like visually impaired people. Among them, Yuan Hai Qing, an IBM colleague, brought her son along, the two of the aided each other to run when one of them ran with a patch. She recorded her authentic feeling afterwards, in a short article named “Patience and Trust”, it reads: “With thorough communication, even someone that you’ve never met before can bring you the feeling of safeness, in which is the fundamentality of trust.”
On June 16, Lanjingling and colleagues of IBM joined in Gucun Park for a variety of splendid activities including running around central lake, kayaking, a picnic and a thought-sharing session of sport accessibility. (detailed information will be provided in the following content)
On June 23, Lanjinglin went to Huangpu Riverside park, located between Nanpu bridge and Lupu Bridge. The ruddy runway, the refreshingly savory air breezes, the brilliant blue sky, all made us extra vigorous.
2 new participants with visual impairments joined us this time. We believe that visually impaired people should not be housebound while freely participate in sports and society, which have positive impact on everyone whether visually impaired or unimpaired. We will encourage more people with visual impairments who love life and want to exercise to join us in advocating a fully accessible world.
School Inclusive Activity
June 5, Lanjingling sharing session was promoted in Shanghai Student Affairs Center.
Mrs. Yin said that when contacting with visually impaired people, we should not only have the enthusiasm to run with them, but also have the patience to communicate with them. It's necessary to encourage them and develop empathy. However, at the same time we should directly point out their shortcomings like family and friends. Meanwhile, Mrs. Yin also shared a sense of carefulness and warmness from her visually impaired partners.
In Langjingling community, we hope that all participants can use the power of the hearts and minds as eyes to communicate and to support, not leaving anyone behind the social development of our world.
Corporate Social Responsibility Activities
beYoureyeS & IBM CSR month
Time transients, unwittingly the CSR activity that we perform with IBM had been running for four consecutive years. Every year, the vigor and enthusiasm of IBM colleagues have been the backbone of this activity and their desire to promote sports accessibility deeply affect everyone.
On June 16, a series of various and wonderful CSR activities were held in Gucun Park, including sharing the idea of sport accessibility, running around the lake, kayaking and picnic.
After two weeks of regular weekend activities and training in advance, IBM colleagues ran with our visually impaired runners and certified guide runners together as internship guide runners around the lake.
For the two-man kayaking activity, Mr. Yan, a senior visually impaired person who was a professional kayaking athlete in college, joined one of our guide runners, Uncle Bao, on one boat. Despite their elder age, they travelled in light speed and showed out all of us, who watched with astonishment.
This water sports proved that the blind and visually impaired people are able to do most sports with safety guidance and proper adjustment.
The day ended with a special picnic, with everyone bringing their own home-made delicacies and wines and joy.
Apple China's 2018-2019 CSR annual report mentioned beYoureyeS
Apple China recently released its 2018-2019 CSR annual report. The theme of which is: Making the world a better place for everyone to participate and benefit everyone. On page 80, it mentioned that Apple volunteers participated in beYoureyeS activities, learning the proper way to guide visually impaired persons to support them to live better without stereotype and barriers.
Lanjingling conducted yoga activity again
On the morning of June 29, Ms. Karen, a professional and beautiful yoga mentor, engaged with the members of Lanjingling through a specially customized yoga course. Everyone did it in the dark, in other words, unimpaired participates need to had patches on.
Ms. Karen elaborately designed special Yoga poses for running enthusiasts and guided us with patience and care. “Move your center of mass onto the position of your big toes, and slowly lift your heels…”. Under her precise guidance, everyone performed safely and fluently.
Ms. Karen then guided each of us one by one so that everyone could experience the authenticity of Yoga in the dark. Those with no visual impairment got a chance to fully explore the senses and feel the aesthesia of inner-self.
It's obvious that the sudden darkness may hinder guide runners to complete their movements when trying to do Yoga. But, everyone had potential power in which would be better excavated and utilized through the communication of your mind with your body when doing Yoga with full concentration.
Thanks Ms. Karen, we look forward to our next Yoga activity.
Lanjingling got invited to attend the US National Day celebration event
On June 27, 2019, founder of beYoureyeS, Annie and Ken were honored to be invited to attend the 243rd Anniversary of Independence Day of the United States of America and the 40 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the United States and China. The vibrant exchange of interest between artists, dancers and football athletes brought infinite joy to the venue. On behalf of "beYoureyeS", Annie and Ken deposited our lovely wish on the “Wish Tree”.
GOOD NEWS !!!
On June 30, 2019, a new couple in our community got married with a big ceremony! This has been the fifth marriage of our members since the creation of beYoureyeS in 2015.
Ken and Annie, representing Lanjingling, attended the wedding，witnessed the most touching and exciting moment of Mr. Li Gang and Ms. Chen Xiaoling.
As the chief marriage witness, Ken read out the Witness Speech that was written by Annie, to deliver their best wishes. Let’s conclude the post using one of the sentences in the Witness Speech.
"From the day they met in a beYoureyeS regular weekend running activity, they became mutually concomitant. Together, they attended lots of beYoureyeS activities, joined the visually impaired runners in countless races, and spent tremendous efforts in contributing to this community. They brought the others the future, brightness and the hope.
Let’s congratulate this couple: in the future, to have your stars and oceans and your own children, hope you can deliver those charming and powerful stories, transmit the spirit of our community to the next generation, and bring hopeful brightness to more and more individuals."
Thanks for your reading. We will see you next month.
Postscript: both translators of our editing team are actually really young. Hongyi Wang is still a middle school student, his mother has been a certified guide runner for more than three years, witnessing his growth from a childish boy to a responsible young adult; Neville is currently a senior college student in English major. Since she is a visually impaired person, she has authentic experiences and plentiful thoughts regarding the confluent education and diversity employment of visually impaired people. After last year’s Lanjingling vocational-education training for people with visual impairments, she ended her narrative journal with the famous Chinese proverb: “The rise and fall of the world is everybody's concern and business.” The younger generation builds our future, in this future, there will be glimmers even in darknesses.
beYoureyeS is a local NGO founded in January 2015 in Shanghai, China.
beYoureyeS is dedicated to promote sports accessibility, make it easier for visually impaired people to enjoy sports. Let everyone enjoy sports.
Whether a visually impaired runner or unimpaired runner, all of our participants are called "Lanjingling".
Lanjingling conveys the spirit of our concept: our charity caters to a variety of sports, road running, swimming, cycling and triathlon, to list a few. With us, regardless of the physical impairment, those who wish to participate in a race, are able to.
We hope to see you soon on the track and let's do something together for sports accessibility.
We hope that whilst we're in the competition together,
we may all converge our energy as one to make each and all strong，
We hope that whilst doing sports together,
we are able to find the nerve to be strong enough to face challenges head on.