Thirteen-year-old Chunjing Neumann loves history and practicing his viola, and is in many ways a typical 7th grade student. But when it came to a choice between a relaxing European holiday with his grandparents or riding his bike 3,000 miles across the U.S. in 45 days, he chose the grueling bike ride. The reason? To bring attention to China’s persecution of Falun Gong, and to rescue children orphaned by the persecution. The Ride To Freedom started in L.A. on June 1 and finishes in Washington, D.C.
Chunjing’s commitment and dedication has impressed many of those around him, including many of his classmate’s families, and also his personal trainer, Veronica Clark, whom his parents hired to help support his goal. She is full of admiration for his courage and sacrifice, and she will ride the last 10 miles with him to lend her support to this wonderful cause. His grandparents and friends have created special Ride2Freedom pages with photos and hashtags, such as “Ride2Freedom” and “50orphans,” for the event.
Robin Williams is Chunjing’s teacher. She is impressed that not only has Chunjing talked about the issue, but he is also taking action to end the persecution. “I am very proud of him,” she said. “Although we have different religions, I can feel the purity in his heart. He fully respects our faith, and is willing to help us to understand Falun Gong. He even told me that there is no fundamental difference between us; our pursuits are similar in nature.”
Because of his class schedule, Chunjing joined the journey in Colorado on June 19.
He not only wants more people to know the truth about the persecution of Falun Gong in China, but he also wants to help those orphaned by the persecution.
Translated research by Ying Ming and Kathy