Featured Article: Sisters' Run
2015 Sisters' Run -- Jinde Charities
What is “Sisters’ Run”?
“Sisters’ Run”is organized by Jinde Charities to attend Marathon running race which is held by Chinese Athletics Association and authorized by General Administration of Sport of China. The aim of “Sisters’ Run” is to raise funds for the projects which the sisters are held in their social service.
“ Sisters’ Run” began in 2009. Since then, Jinde Charities has been organizing the sisters to attend Beijing International Marathon which is the most influential race in China. In order to perform well in the race, the sisters began their hard exercise half year before the race.
What is the relation between Marathon and Fund-raising?
Originally there was no relationship between Marathon and Fund-raising, but we changed the Marathon to a mode for raising money, and then the two became connected. The Marathon which the sisters had attended became a method to raise funds. Comparing with the international convention, this method is a combination of charity and body-building.
In the past, the sisters served the needed passively. They usual waited for the donations from others. They did not have funds or they did not know how to raise funds for the organization they served. One of the purposes of the “Sisters’ Run” is to develop the ability for our Chinese sisters to raise money. Therefore, besides taking part in the long-distance running exercise, the sisters also do work for propagation and fund-raising. For example, they do propagation with the new methods of internet and wise phone. And they also organize charity selling, collect and sell old books, newspapers, and other recycling goods to get money.
What is the meaning of “Sisters’ Run”?
The idea of marathon is “health”, and a really healthy person should have a good heart, so we defined the “charity” as the core of “health”. In China, the public don’t know the Catholic Church. When they talk about the sisters, they usually associate the sisters with the figures who pray in the church and pay no attention to the social life. They don’t know that the sisters actually are serving the world.
We organize the sisters to join the Marathon in order to raise funds for them to serve the needed, to help them studying the new propagation methods to bring positive effect for their social service, and to spread positive energy in the society.
2015 --- Run for Charity
This is the 7th year for “Sisters’ Run”.With the care and participation of more and more people, we can gradually understand that the reason for the zeal of the sisters running marathon is not simply to participate in a sport, but also an appeal to provide care to the needed and the marginalized.
On September 20, 2015, the sisters will continue to run Beijing Marathon with love and charity. This year, the “Sisters’ Run” will focus more on the interaction with the ordinary runners. The sisters not only run for charity with the runners, but some of the runners will also help the sisters to raise funds, to do propagation for the projects that the sisters serve.
26 projects were chosen this year for the“Sisters’ Run”(visit www.jinde.org/mls for detail). The beneficiaries are more than 1000. Via the Beijing Marathon for charity, the sisters obtained the opportunities to communicate with other charity groups, and the ability of administration and propagation will be improved. This year, the people in charge for the “Sisters’ Run” are Sr.Li Yapin and Sr.Hu Huiqing from the Congregation of St. Joseph in Beijing Diocese.
The race becomes intense. When you are moved by the service of the sisters, you will also see their ability is improving and their figures in the race! In 2015, we hope there will be more friends supporting the activity, and cheering for the sisters!
All the money raised will be used for the“Sisters’ Run”, and the audit of the project will be performed semiannually.
How to contact us:
Tel：0311-86820130（Mon to Fri, 9:30-17:00）
Jinde Charities (Hebei Jinde Charities Foundation) is a Catholic non-profit organization serving throughout China. We assist people needing emergency aid, the poor, the elderly, orphans, students, and those affected by AIDS and other illnesses. We offer the love of Christ and material help to the 'least of these', regardless of race, religion or background.