Yangcheng Lake is widely known for its delicious hairy crabs. What is less known, however, is that the lake is a great sports resort due to its fresh air, charming scenery, and the cycling track around the lake. It was for this reason we chose Yangcheng Lake as the venue for the ‘2018 MANN+HUMMEL Shanghai Charity Cycling’ event.
Cycling to support Long Jinbao’s dream
Even though it was raining on the day of the cycle ride, more than 80 volunteers gathered at the lakeside for the challenge. They were all very enthusiastic as they love this activity. Furthermore, as further motivation for the ride, they wanted to assist a boy named Long Jinbao. He lives with his family in the mountain village near Liuzhou in China. Although he comes from an impoverished background, Long Jinbao is very eager to continue learning in high school to change his destiny and support his sick mother.
Five years ago, MANN+HUMMEL China volunteers established the ‘Long Jinbao Charity Fund’ and started raising money for the boy. We hope that the love and support from MANN+HUMMEL can help him continue pursuing his dream of education. The money raised from this event will be donated to the ‘Long Jinbao Charity Fund’.
High spirits on a rainy day
On the start line, standing by the lake and looking around, every volunteer was captivated by the charming scenery. After the cycle ride began, the speeding pink ponchos of the cycling team became a moving beautiful landscape. Everyone encouraged each other, and the cycling track was full of happy laughter and cheerful voices. Towards the end, everyone’s shoes became full of water, thanks to all the puddles on the track. Although everyone was tired at the finish, glasses of hot water, prepared by the administrative department, dispersed the fatigue. Everyone played a part, even if they were not cycling. For me, as a keen photographer, taking excellent pictures to commemorate the event was my top priority.
Supporting the community always a priority
Charity is always a continuous and warm topic at MANN+HUMMEL China. MANN+HUMMEL’s ‘RESPECT’ values have always been in our thoughts since entering Chinese marketing and we put them into practice every day. The joy and camaraderie that the charity cycling event brought will stay in everyone’s heart for a long time. At the same time, it will become a wonderful memory for every volunteer and mean that Long Jinbao can continue with his dream of education.