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Bilbao Hosts XVIII Cascabeles Race for Blind Awareness

BILBAO, Spain – The XVIII edition of the Cascabeles Race unfolded in Bilbao on Saturday, a poignant event organized by the Social Group ONCE, in collaboration with the Bilbao City Council, the Provincial Council, and the Basque Government. ONCE, the National Organization of the Spanish Blind, has been at the forefront of advocating for the rights and well-being of the blind and visually impaired since its inception in 1938.

The Cascabeles Race, an annual fixture on Bilbao’s calendar, serves as a powerful vehicle to raise awareness about the daily challenges encountered by blind individuals. Participants, guided by the spirit of empathy, walked the iconic Gran Vía in pairs, gaining firsthand insight into the hurdles faced by the visually impaired community.

The highlight of this year’s edition was the presentation of the prestigious Cascabel de Oro (Golden Bell) award. This esteemed recognition was bestowed upon the San Viator Sopuerta training center, marking a momentous occasion in acknowledgment of their unwavering commitment to solidarity, diversity, and equality, particularly for individuals with disabilities.

The Cascabel de Oro is not merely a trophy; it symbolizes a collective effort towards fostering a more inclusive society. San Viator Sopuerta’s triumph in a popular vote underscores the community’s appreciation for their dedication to breaking down barriers and championing the cause of the visually impaired. The award resonates beyond the race, signifying a step towards a more compassionate and understanding community—one that recog

nizes and honors the efforts of those striving for inclusivity and equal opportunities for all.


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