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Charity fundraiser in Düsseldorf 2020

On October 25, 2020 I would have run the 42 kilometers of the marathon in Barcelona for blind and severely visually impaired children and teenagers in Brazil. But the fact that the marathon has been cancelled due to the Corona pandemic doesn’t mean that I did not run anyway!

I will instead ran a half-marathon in Düsseldorf on the Rhine to draw attention to this wonderful project, which you can take a closer look at below.

More than 100 runners from all over the world ran and finished the other half of the marathon. From Brazil via Switzerland to Japan. 

In addition, there was a fundraising gala on October 25, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Bambi Filmpalast cinema in Düsseldorf, where a documentary film produced by arte about the blind ballet school was shown.

The collected and all previous donations will benefit the world-renowned ballet school for the blind of the Fernanda Bianchini Association, which has been giving children and teenagers new opportunities for an independent life for 25 years.

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NOTE: Betterplace.org suggests an additional amount for the platform when donating. You don’t have to donate anything here and can click on “Change amount” and set it to 0 Euro. This amount does not go to the charity and Betterplace.org deducts a small amount from every donation anyway.

About the charity 

The idea of ballet lessons for the blind and visually impaired was born in 1995. At that time the founder Fernanda was still a teenager. Motivated by the voluntary work of her parents at a school for the blind in São Paulo, she followed the request of one of the nuns. She gave her first hour of ballet lessons and quickly learned that she had to adapt her learning methods a little.

Today, almost 25 years later, Fernanda has developed her own teaching method, which is already being used in several Brazilian cities. She is the founder of Associação Fernanda Bianchini and the only professional company in the world where all ballerinas are blind. Her work today does not only cover the leadership and further development of the NGO, but through lectures and projects she is also a great driver of inclusion.

Today there are already 400 children and young people who receive free lessons and sometimes the only meal of the day in their ballet school. Of these, 60% are blind and severely visually impaired, 30% with other disabilities and 10% without any disability. Fernanda firmly believes that inclusion begins where one sits on the other’s chair and perceives his world.

About Open Your Eyes

Open Your Eyes e.V. is an association founded by me with the aim to motivate and inspire children, teenagers and relatives of visually impaired and blind people. We want to be role models, show opportunities and with everything we do, educate about what it means to be blind or visually impaired. And yet lead a self-determined and successful life.

Lina’s helpers

The team behind RunLinaRun.com

Lina is supported by Jake Pietras (reptileworks.), Alexandra Uhlemann and Vivien Kotschedoff. Many thanks to Bernd Schaller (Schallerfoto), who supports the project with his photo studio.

Anne-Birthe Schramm
Anne-Birthe Schramm

Lina's running guide in Düsseldorf

Ulrike Schulz
Ulrike Schulz

Lina's running guide in Düsseldorf

Chris Ley
Chris Ley

Motivational coach / Co-founder of Open Your Eyes e.V.

Bernd Schaller
Bernd Schaller

Lina's official photographer

Carmelita Viktor Spreen
Carmelita Viktor Spreen

Translation of portuguese website

Get in touch!

You have questions about the donations at Betterplace.org, the Associacao Fernanda Bianchini or general questions? Write me an e-mail! If you would like to support the projects on this page in another way or as a sponsor, you can do so with the button on the right. I am happy about all messages.

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