The new Guinness record has been broken. 99 daredevils (wheelchair users) gathered at English Heathrow Airport to do something that no one had ever done before. A team of disabled people "pulled" the heaviest plane so far at the airport by over 100 meters. The event was also organized for another reason - the main goal was to raise money by the British Charity Organization Aerobility, whose most important mission is to enable all persons with disabilities (without any exception) to use air transport. Aerobility, in order to increase the chances of collecting a sufficient sum of funds, also organized a charity ball during which it was possible to gather over 90 thousand British pounds (about PLN 450,000).
| Source: guinnessworldrecords.com
cieKAWA. New, fantastic place on the map of Gdansk, wherefrom the 1st of August you can drink delicious coffee, eat a delicious bun and support an unconventional initiative that aims to activate mentally disabled people. The idea is bold and quite innovative, but we can not imagine that it could bring anything other than benefits, both for employees and customers of cafes. CieKAWA is a project that aims to connect people, support the weak, not exclude anyone, help make dreams come true. In this atmospheric place, in the historic center of Gdańsk, your favorite coffee will be served by disabled baristas, who would, if not Krzysztof Skrzypski (founder and the boss) would never have had the chance for such direct contact with the client. They have attended many pieces of training, each of them has a guardian in the workplace who will provide them with good advice and support in the event of a crisis. They are prepared, full of enthusiasm and willingness to work.
| Source: dziennikbaltycki.pl
Zosia Dzięcioł won gold medal
The Polish runner with Down syndrome - Zosia Dzięcioł has just won a gold medal at the European Championships in Tampere (Finland) in the 800-meter race competition. Her 4:07:25 result is also a new European record. This amazing 15-year-old is very versatile, the 800-meter run is not the only discipline in which she took part in this year's European Championships for people with Down syndrome. She also showed her capabilities during the 200, 500 and 1500 meters run, also in the long jump, shot put, discus and javelin. This year 52 athletes and 16 table tennis players joined the competition (teams from 11 countries in total). Other competitors from Poland also did very well and each of them returned to the country with a medal: Ismael Afana (bronze in 1500m run), Zuzanna Szymańska (silver in discus and bronze in javelin), Mikołaj Woźniak (bronze in race at 800 m) and Magdalena Dąbrowska (bronze on the run at 400 m).
| Source: pl.aleteia.org
Marvel changes the image of the cinema
Are there Marvel fans among you? We are sure they are! It's great because we have fantastic information for you. This year at Comic Con studio Marvel presented new superheroes. For the first time, a deaf superhero, the first Asian-American superhero and a superhero who is a declared gay, will join the known and liked characters. Film creators emphasize that they care very much about diversity and they believe that every social group has every right to feel represented on the big screen. This is a huge step in the right direction for the entire film industry. Marvel's authorities want the fans to see the reality, real people, sometimes imperfect and yet capable of doing great things, despite all the limitations they have to face. The topic is extremely important because it will carry an important message for the whole society, it can improve the situation regarding non-acceptance, intolerance, exclusion.
| Source: bbc.com
Parade in Rome
In mid-July, Rome hosted a large parade of disabled people. It went through the most famous, awe-inspiring place in the city, all to remind everyone that people with disabilities are a large group in a society that is still struggling with an exclusion, is forgotten and notoriously treated like air. Rome is a three-million-strong metropolis that was created several thousand years ago. It can not be denied that this is one of the most unsuitable for use by people with disabilities cities in Europe. Amazing ancient architecture - it will take your breath away just after you cross the gates of the eternal city, while it will give a headache to anyone who is forced to move in a wheelchair. Narrow streets, giant crowds and traffic jams are just the tip of the mountain of difficulty that you have to face there. Associations and representatives of people with disabilities have been fighting for years to comply with new legal regulations regarding architectural changes, the introduction of which is necessary to simply enable normal functioning of disabled people. Although the new law requires the use of new logistics solutions, it is notoriously ignored by Italian officials.