In this world, a little kindness goes a long way
When I heard Claire’s beautiful soprano voice echoing in London’s Rudolf Steiner House music hall, I was almost moved to tears.
Bright sunlight shone through big glass windows, illuminating her confident face and elegant black and beige lace dress.
She was a star.
But Claire did not always live the life of a star. She was born on the autistic spectrum and there was a time when she would only sing in the shower.
What changed her life is the support she received from the Music of Life Foundation, a small London charity that gives music lessons
This Day, That Year
Item from Aug 14, 1981, in China Daily: “Energy is a global problem, the solution to which requires the concerted action of the international community,” said Wu Heng, head of the Chinese delegation to the United Nations Conference on New and Renewable Sources of Energy, in his speech at the plenary meeting.
Over the past few years, China has emerged as a global leader in clean energy, as the country tries to reduce fuel consumption, which causes local air pollution problems and contributes to global warming. to children with special needs to encourage them to become confident members of society.
While I sat in the audience to hear the performance of Claire and her friends, I reflected on the work I had done for the charity and the powerful emotional connection with British society this experience has given me.
It helped me feel intimately connected with the local community and made me see a part of British society that I would not have otherwise come across either through my university studies or my work in journalism.
I saw a less privileged part of British society, which was characterized by strong emotional bonds and encouragement.
Within this world, even a little kindness and contribution
The country planned to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($375 billion) in clean and renewable energy by 2020 to raise the nonfossil fuel component of total energy consumption to more than 15 percent, and the share of natural gas to 10 percent from 8 percent, according to the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20).
The plan set the annual target for clean and renewable energy consumption at 580 million metric tons of standard coal equivalent.
It leads to greater cooperation in clean energy between China and the world. goes a long way in making a difference.
My journey with the charity started simply.
In 2013 I participated in a half-marathon, fundraising for the charity, following the recommendation of a friend who was a trustee.
The run made me really curious about the charity, and I got in touch with its CEO, Maria Teterina, to see if I could do more.
At our first meeting, I was overwhelmed by Maria’s personal warmth, dedication and vision. As someone with little experience working with disabled children, I for a moment doubted what my contribution could be, but Maria looked me in the eye and assured me that the charity was lucky to have me.
Starting from small steps, I organized the charity’s halfmarathon team. Having
This month, the ChinaAfrica Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance was established in Beijing to boost cooperation between China and Africa on clean energy.
According to a sustainable development plan, the alliance will help establish power supplies and transmission systems in Africa through public-private partnerships. done the run myself, I was able to give other runners practical training and fundraising advice.
For the last three years we organized a team of 15 runners to participate in London’s Royal Parks Half Marathon.
Last year we raised 8,844 pounds ($11,530), which translates to weeks and months of music lessons for children like Claire.
Such an achievement made me feel proud and touched.
I was amazed by how I was able to contribute toward a great cause, by doing a few very manageable tasks, and in the process feel a part of a supported and loving community.
Contact the writer at cecily.liu@ mail.chinadailyuk.com
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