by Nadia Amad | Apr 08,2012 | JORDAN TIMES
AMMAN — Twenty children with disabilities from the New Hope Centre in Zarqa participated in the 19th annual Dead Sea Ultra Marathon on Friday, thanks to the efforts of one Korean volunteer.
Cho Ae Yeong, a social worker who volunteers at the centre through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), said the marathon, of which the children travelled the last 10 kilometres, was a chance for the children to get some fresh air and exercise.
“Many of these children spend most of their time indoors, so when I heard about this marathon, I thought it would be a great opportunity to take them somewhere outside of the centre, which would be good for their mental and physical health,” she said.
Given that this year’s marathon marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jordan and South Korea, and is sponsored primarily by the Korean company LG, Cho approached KOICA to provide transportation and accommodations for the children, along with 15 other volunteers to help out with the children.
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