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Running for the life of charity


BEIJING (SE): “Come on sisters, run for the charitable outreach of the Church,” a loud voice cried from the sidelines of the Beijing International Marathon on November 27, as 80 sisters took to the streets with 30,000 other contestants to raise awareness of the beauty of reaching out to those in need.

Fides reported that the sisters came from 16 provinces and advertised 30 different charities during the gruelling run.

Sister Yu Chun Jing, from the Congregation of the Souls in Purgatory in Xing Tai, who in 2009 became one of the first sisters ever to participate in the marathon, said in an interview with major Chinese and foreign media on November 23, that they were running for elderly people, the poor, children with special needs, orphans and for all the good works that the Church has entrusted to them.

The Church-run Jinde Charity was one of the first Church organisations to begin giving charitable work a public face through running, when it organised the Run for the Charitable Works of the Church in Beijing to promote the initiative and support projects.

At a Mass celebrated on November 24 at the parish of the Immaculate Conception, people put in 17,399 yuan ($21,227) towards the cause.

The official website of the marathon has a space dedicated to the 2012 Run for Charity with the articles about the sisters who present their works and appeal for support for their apostolates.

In 2009, 10 sisters from two provinces participated in the marathon, mostly out of curiosity, but in 2010 this number rose to 44 and 13 charitable projects were promoted. 

Then in 2011, the year in which Jinde Charity launched its run, 52 sisters, as well as four priests and two seminarians joined, touting 14 projects.


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