2020 Facial Equality Campaign Taipei National Highway Marathon, The SSWF and CTRRA promoting facial equality together

2020-10-16
 
On the 30th anniversary of its establishment in 2010, the Sunshine Social Welfare Foundation (SSWF) launched the concept of facial equality, hoping to convey the concept that people’s abilities and value shouldn’t affected by their appearances. The Foundation cooperated with the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association (CTRRA) for three consecutive years to organize the “2020 Facial Equality Movement Taipei National Highway Marathon.” On September 6th, with Chairman Jui-yung Yang of the Sunshine Foundation leading the way, more than a hundred Sunshine runners and thousands of other runners started off the Marathon on the national highway. The Sunshine friends still recovering from their injuries formed cheerleading groups to encourage the runners to outdo themselves, never give up, and respect each different face!
 
The Sunshine friends still recovering from their injuries formed cheerleading groups to encourage the runners to outdo themselves, never give up, and respect each different face!
The Sunshine friends still recovering from their injuries formed cheerleading groups to encourage the runners to outdo themselves, never give up, and respect each different face!
 
Ching-hsien Shu, CEO of the SSWF, said, “People with burns and facial injuries aren’t the only ones that have to deal with the social dilemma of ‘being judged by their appearances’ as 12.9% of the Taiwanese population have been ridiculed by others for their appearances, 15% have been given nicknames they dislike because of their appearances, and 11.9% criticized for their appearances. This is equivalent to 1 out of every 7 people being mistreated due to their appearance. Therefore, the SSWF has worked with the CTRRA to jointly promote the Facial Equality Movement National Highway Marathon through public welfare for three consecutive years, rallying the country’s 22 city and county governments to issue support for facial equality. The Foundation also initiated the “Face Equality International” and other actions to actively promote a friendly environment. Today, the SSWF’s experiences in promoting facial equality in Taiwan has also been recognized and adopted by international members in Europe, America and Asia. Thanks to the business partners and the enthusiastic support of the public, the SSWF will continue to actively spread the seeds of the “Hope for Facial Equality Project” in the future in hopes that people can genuinely see how unique is, and that every face can receive the same amount kindness and respect!”
 
Over the past three years, more than 200 Sunshine runners participated in the Marathon despite their conditions not allowing them to perspire properly, having a fear of heated climates, and pushing their physical limitations to complete the marathons and displaying sportsmanship!
Over the past three years, more than 200 Sunshine runners participated in the Marathon despite their conditions not allowing them to perspire properly, having a fear of heated climates, and pushing their physical limitations to complete the marathons and displaying sportsmanship!
 
The SSWF's advocation for Facial Equality was met with strong support and recognition three years ago from Erh-chung Tsao, Chairman of the CTRRA, and thus came the formation of the “Facial Equality Movement Taipei National Highway Marathon.” Over the past three years, more than 200 Sunshine runners participated in the Marathon despite their conditions not allowing them to perspire properly, having a fear of heated climates, and pushing their physical limitations to complete the marathons and displaying sportsmanship!
 
Friends with Injuries and Facial Damage participating in the Marathon for Three Consecutive Years, exhibiting Extraordinary Perseverance
 
The Taipei National Highway Marathon has been held for three consecutive years, and there are many injured and facially-damaged friends who have participated in the Marathon three consecutive years. Yung-an Chen, suffering from stage four oral cancer, had a changed appearance after the operation. He ran for facial equality for three consecutive years. Today, he also ran with his family and finished the race. Yu-peng Yu, whose appearance once scared a child to tears, and was hurt by that incident very much. Last year he took on the challenge of running the 21K event and successfully finished 21K again this year. Injured friends Feng-tsan Tsai and Hsiu-ming Kuo had 22% and 40% burns on their legs, and had difficulty squatting and walking. After working hard to rehabilitate their injuries, they not only returned to live daily lives, but also competed for facial equality for three consecutive years. Feng-tsan said, “I feel very happy that there are Marathons during the pandemic prevention period. Even though I have graduated from Sunshine Rehabilitation, I hope to take part in all of the SSWF’s events and especially offer my support for facial equality.”
 
The Taipei National Highway Marathon has been held for three consecutive years, and there are many injured and facially-damaged friends who have participated in the Marathon three consecutive years.
The Taipei National Highway Marathon has been held for three consecutive years, and there are many injured and facially-damaged friends who have participated in the Marathon three consecutive years.