Sydney’s City to Surf Runners and Supporters Learn About Falun Gong

The City to Surf marathon in Sydney, Australia is one of the largest running events in the world by participation. It attracts around 80,000 competitive and fun runners each year who race 8.7 miles (14 km) from Sydney’s Central Business District out to Bondi Beach. This year the marathon was held on August 10, 2019.

Different performers traditionally gather along the marathon route to provide entertainment. Falun Gong practitioners also participated along the race route this year by providing an exercise demonstration in the beautiful coastal neighborhood of Rose Bay.

Athletes and spectators alike learned more about Falun Gong’s journey of resisting the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution, and many encouraged practitioners in their efforts to seek justice for Falun Gong.

City to Surf’s goal is to raise $5 million for more than 900 charities, and many people take part to help achieve that goal.

Many marathon participants gave practitioners high-fives, and some stopped to sign a petition calling for an end to the persecution. Practitioners set up large banners behind the exercise demonstration that read, “Falun Dafa Is Great,” “The World Needs Truthfulness Compassion Tolerance,” and “Help to End the 20 Year Persecution of Falun Gong in China.”

Some runners called out, “Falun Dafa is great!” “Wish you success!” “Keep up your great work!” “Proud of you!” and “Thank you!”

Falun Gong practitioners give runners origami lotus flowers.
Practitioners and runners encourage each other.

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Dr. Rekha Rao signed the practitioners’ petition and said that she was saddened to learn that the persecution is still happening in this day and age and that we need to fight for freedom.

She also said Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are principles that would help us find our inner peace. She told practitioners, “The world needs such a voice! Keep up your great work! Never give up! I wish you the best! I’m proud of you!”

Dr. Rao wanted to tell Falun Gong practitioners in China: “I understand the difficulties you are facing. It’s very hard! Please don’t give up your beliefs because of the persecution, because the meaning of life doesn’t lie in the length or how you live, but in your beliefs, and your fight against the evil.

We need to awaken more people to support justice. The more you call, the more supporters you get, and the more you will win!”

Dr. Phillip Vitols and his mother signed the petition to support Falun Gong. Dr. Vitols said he was appalled to hear that Falun Gong practitioners had been killed for their organs. He said it is the most evil crime in history and should stop immediately.

Dr. Vitols said patients in his hospital would wait for years for a matching organ. He couldn’t imagine how a matching organ could be found in just a few days in China and said it had to be murder.

He planned to tell his colleagues about the issue and ask them to warn their patients not to obtain organ transplants from China because they would be complicit to murder.

Dr. Phillip Vitols and his mother support Falun Gong.

Ms. Eileen O’Neill, a therapist, signed the petition and praised Falun Gong practitioners for their work. She said she was saddened after hearing about the persecution of Falun Gong in the news.

Ms. Eileen O’Neill

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Ms. Le Thi Hai Duong said one of her Chinese coworkers had introduced the book Zhuan Falun to her and another friend and told her about Falun Gong. She had decided to learn Falun Gong despite the propaganda spread by Chinese state-run media because she believed Falun Gong was beneficial to health.

She said she had a great experience today and that everyone should make their own judgments independently.

Le Thi Hai Duong made a special trip to learn Falun Gong exercises.

Australians Supporting Falun Gong

Abbey Counas (first from right), her mother, and her sister support Falun Gong and hope the persecution will end soon.
Ms. Katherine Tepana and her daughter Colleen MacArthur said the whole world should support freedom of belief and human rights for Falun Gong practitioners. They said the values of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance will bring about a better world.
Ivanka (first from right) would like more people to learn about the persecution. She took flyers to distribute to her family and friends.
Jim said the peaceful and beneficial practice of Falun Dafa should be supported.
Mr. Carl Mauro would like to tell Falun Gong practitioners in China: “My heart is with you! I believe the good will conquer the evil. There will be freedom to practice Falun Gong in China!”
Susan (first from left) would like to tell practitioners in China: “Don’t give up! We are one body and work together to call for justice. The Chinese government should learn to treat people with compassion, listen to the world, and stop the persecution of Falun Gong because the world needs Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance.”
Mr. Bharath Patil said, “I strongly support Falun Gong! This group leaves me with a great impression. It’s marvelous they have been working to stop the persecution for the past 20 years!” He expressed his admiration of Falun Gong practitioners and hoped practitioners in China would grow stronger and stronger.

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