品尊 Precious Magazine Vol. 5 June 2012

Travel Beyond Senses

Watching the boasting beautiful grassland and magnificent night view; listening to the sound of the nature and walking on the vast land of Xinjiang require all of our senses. Can you imagine a journey without senses? Maybe we can travel with the disabled to get a feel of how it is like seeing the world with merely your heart. Alfred, founder of Xinjiang and Me organized Xinjiang Charity Walkathon for Elderly, Disabled & Abled last year based on this idea. 30 elderly, blind and deaf participants were sponsored to travel to Xinjiang with 30 elf-paid volunteers. Alfred said during the 8 days walking around Sayram Lake, most of the disabled could take care of themselves while volunteers were just there to assist. It inculcates in every member of our society the sense of equality, and raises social awareness towards the needs of disadvantaged people. This year, the disabled and volunteers will join hand in hand again to raise fund for “A Drop of Life”, working for the common good.

日觀藍天白雲,夜看漫天星宿,聽草原風聲,走萬里黃沙,新疆的景致四時早午不同,百看不厭。習慣了用五官感受,能想像沒有了,這趟旅行會是怎樣?不是說我們要蒙著眼去新疆,或許我們可以透過和傷健耆老一起旅遊,以心眼感受風光。新疆與我的創辦人 Alfred 憑著這概念,去年舉辦了「殘障人士體驗新疆世外桃源之旅」,30 位長者、嚴重視障或將完全失明人士及失聰人士獲贊助免費參與徒步新疆籌款之旅,30 位義工自費同行,在新疆賽里木湖環湖徒步八天。Alfred 說大部份傷健人士在旅程中能照顧自己,義工只是從旁協助,達至傷健共融。今年再辦,希望為「點滴是生命」籌款,讓傷健人士同出一分力,幫助社會上其他不幸的人。


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