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■  執筆:Katie Usher & Gia Martinez
■  繪畫:Marvin Vernon
■  翻譯:張宥達、李向恩
■ 出版社:周大觀文教基金會
■ 出版日期:2017年6月
■ 定價:350元

為公益冒險
Adventure for Social Welfare

周大觀文教基金會創辦人  周進華
Chin-Hua Chou, founder of Chou Ta-Kuan Foundation

為公益冒險,是人類文明的原動力。
為公益冒險,是人人翹起大拇指的英雄。
每天,我們都來向英雄致敬!如海的祝福!如山的默禱!

The pursuit of public welfare drives human civilization.
The adventure for public welfare is a heroic act admired by all. 
Every day, we salute to heroes with best wishes and highest regards.   

本會2017年第20界全球熱愛生命獎章得主—貝里斯全盲英雄羅文‧蓋爾(Rowan Garel),1998年6月5日出生於貝里斯,從小受惠於貝里斯視覺障礙協會(BCVI)的幫助,他特別懂得感恩,始終立志:要把受助者,翻轉成幫助者。

Rowan Garel – 
2017 Fervent Global Love of Lives Medalist awarded by Chou Ta-Kuan Foundation
Rowan Garel was born on June 5, 1998 in Belize. He came to this world completely blind. Since a child, he has been receiving sponsorship from the Belize Council for the Visually Impaired (BCVI). This is why he would like to express his gratitude by helping the beneficiaries to become supporters. 

   雖然,羅文‧蓋爾家境清寒,爸爸喬‧蓋爾(Joe Garel)是每天早出晚歸的木匠,媽媽米菈格‧蓋爾(Milagro Garel)是全年無休的志工,姊姊艾莎‧蓋爾(A esha Garel)靠獎學金就學的大學生。

Rowan comes from a poor family, and this does not deter his determination to achieve good things in life. His father Joe Garel is a carpenter who leaves home early and return home late every day. His mother Milagro Garel works around the clock as a volunteer. His elder sister is a university student on scholarship.  

   尤其,貝里斯因受限天然環境(面積22966平方公里、多沼澤、常颶風)、人力資源(人口約36萬人),有中美洲最高的失業率9.4%,貧窮線以下的人口比例為33.5%,整個國家,依舊是依靠國際援助,以減少貧窮比例。

Rowan also comes from a poor country. Belize is a small and swampy country with a total size of only 22,966 square kilometres and it suffers frequent hurricanes. It does not boast a rich human resource either, given its population of approximately 360,000 people. The unemployment rate of 9.4% in Belize is the highest in Central America. The country’s 33.5% of the population is below the poverty line. Today, Belize still relies on international aides.  

   但是羅文‧蓋爾始終化全盲為樂觀進取,每學期主動爭取擔任班長、環保小尖兵、說唱小老師,還年年保持品學兼優,大家總是為他翹起大拇指。

Rowan has always been an optimistic boy. Every semester he volunteers to serve as the class leader, the organizer for singing and storytelling activities and events in environmental protection. He is also a good student with outstanding academic grades. Everybody thinks highly of him. 

  羅文‧蓋爾總是逢人就說:「就算你眼睛看不到,也不代表你就不能做一些事。」
   後來,羅文‧蓋爾及時選擇: 為公益冒險。

Rowan always says, “Even if your eyes cannot see, it does not mean you cannot do something”. 
Rowan made a timely decision to adventure for social welfare.  

   2011年3月,12歲的羅文‧蓋爾,在父親喬‧蓋爾陪同下,一步一艱辛,一階一血汗,3天3夜百折不回,終於登頂成功,成為中南美洲年紀最小的全盲者—攀越貝里斯最高峰維多利亞峰(Victoria peak)第一人,為貝里斯視障協會募得美金9萬元,添購了18套最先進的盲用電腦。

In March 2011, the 12-year-old Rowan, with the company of his father, climbed to the top of Victoria Peak, the highest mountain in Belize. After one step at a time for three days and three nights, he became the youngest and the only blind person that have achieved this in Latin America. By doing so, Rowan raised $90,000 for BCVI for the purchase of 18 state-of-the-art computers for the blind people. 

   2012年6月,13歲的羅文‧蓋爾,在全家人及百位志工陪同下,6天不眠不休,完成貝里斯全境150公里健走,為貝里斯視障協會募得美金11萬元—義助恢復開辦盲童復健夏令營。

In June 2012, the 13-year-old Rowan, under the company of his whole family and a hundred volunteer workers, trailed 150 kilometers and all over Belize within six days. This helped BCVI to raise $110,000 required to restart the summer camp for blind children.  

   2013年7月,14歲的羅文‧蓋爾,在國際潛水專家的義助下,成功浮潛世界十大地質奇蹟之一:水深480英尺、直徑1000多英尺,冰河時代形成的海洋藍洞,感動美洲、轟動全球,成功創造世界第一位全盲浮潛海洋藍洞的金氏紀錄,為貝里斯視障協會募得美金13萬元—義助弱勢盲童讀出希望獎學金。

In July 2013, the 14-years-old Rowan, under the support of international experts, successfully snorkeled in the Great Blue Hole of 480 feet in depth and over 1,000 feet in diameter. The Great Blue Hole, formed during the Ice Age, is hailed as one of the world’s top ten geological miracles. Rowan set the Guinness World Records by becoming the first totally blind person who dived in the Great Blue Hole. This accomplish amazed the whole world and raised $130,000 for BCVI to offer scholarships to the disadvantaged blind children.  

   由是,羅文‧蓋爾為公益,永續冒險,得道多助,除於2016年榮獲美國德魯大學獎學金—隻身前往美國紐澤西展開大學生活的冒險,也加入全球盲人回音定位研究團隊的冒險,更定於2017年9月14日~22日第一次跨洲到我們中華民國—參加本會舉辦「生命之浪‧浪淘大愛—2017年第20屆全球熱愛生命獎章得主會師受獎關懷生命系列公益活動」。

Rowan’s adventures for the society have attracted many helping hands. Upon a scholarship from Drew University in 2016, he embarked on his college life by going to New Jersey in the U.S. on his own. Rowan also took part in the thrill-seeking activities to raise funds for research in echolocation for the blind people around the world. He will be visiting Taiwan for the first time on September 14-22, 2017 by participating in “Wave of Life‧Wave of Love—2017 Fervent Global Love of Lives Medal Ceremony and Care for Life Charity Events”. 

   承蒙我國外交部長李大維、教育部長潘文忠、台北市立幸安國小校長陳順和、家長會長高永浩、三之三國際文教機構執行長葛惠等國內各界人士挺身義助;尤其,幸安國小五年級張侑達、李向恩同學代表大家見證:我國英文教學紮根小學的績效,以童真又信達雅的譯筆,讓本書《奇幻之旅—貝里斯全盲英雄羅文‧蓋爾的冒險》繪本的愛傳出去。

We would like to thank Minister Ta-wei Lee of Foreign Affairs, Minister Wen-Chung Pan of Education of the Republic of China, Headmaster Shun-ho Chen of Taipei Municipal Xingan Elementary School, PTA President Yung-hao Kao, CEO Hui Ko of 3&3 International Education Corp. for their generous support. We would also like to acknowledge the assistance from You-da Chang and Hsiang-en Li who are currently studying in the fifth grade of Taipei Municipal Xingan Elementary School. Their faithful translation in the innocent tone speaks of the achievement of English-language education in the elementary schools of Taiwan and spreads the love with the children’s painting book, “The Adventures of Rowan Garel, Blind Hero from Belize”. 

   總之,這是一本勇敢無國界的繪本,也是一本愛無國界的繪本。從中,大家一起讀懂勇敢、讀出愛。為讓中美洲友邦貝里斯所有盲童讀出希望,試邀大家踴躍義買‧人手一冊,大家一起讓台灣的愛感動世界。

This painting book tells the story of bravery and love beyond national borders. We hope you can purchase this book to bring hope and light to all the blind children in Belize, a friendly country to Taiwan.