“What if I lose my limbs and eyes?” This is the name of a game designed specially for Paralympic volunteers to imagine life without feet, hands or eyes, so that they could get a feel of the hardships the handicapped have gone through with sheer will power.
During an induction training session for volunteers from Chaoyang District, Beijing, the trainer Yang Jinhua was giving the instructions. “First take out a piece of paper. Draw your eyes, ears, mouth, hands, and feet on it. Write down your name on the top of the paper. Then, we’ll begin.” With these words, the 300 or so volunteers, divided into groups and sitting in circles, started drawing in the wavering candle light. According to one of them, the game underway was part of a pre-Paralympics training course for them to get a personal touch with the plight in which the physically impaired people find themselves, so that they will be more loving and caring for them. This was also part of their preparations for the Paralympic Games.