Love & Charity is alive in the YCIS community

Written by Nadine Runkel, POP Liaison Officer

YCIS aligns with Love and Charity.  This is part of our school Motto and our Parent Organisation Pudong (POP) would like to share with you how they are putting this into action. At the beginning of the school year the POP Core Committee decided to support the following three Charities: WILL Foundation, Shanghai Baby Home and Heart to Heart Shanghai.

During the first semester POP dedicated our fundraising activities to the WILL Foundation and the Shanghai Baby Home. The two institutions benefitted from the support of our parent community through events, such as the Bake Sale during the Christmas Tree Lighting (all proceeds to support WILL), as well as The Giving Tree in December (all donations were collected, sorted, packed and delivered by parent volunteers to the Shanghai Baby Home and the Will Foundation respectively).

The second semester brings our third chosen charity into focus – Heart to Heart. This is a charity that provides life-saving heart surgeries for Chinese children in need – with the cost of one heart surgery being as high as 30,000RMB! We have been off to a great start already for Heart to Heart, and have, to date, collected a combined amount of 23,337 RMB. Once again our amazing parent community has come together and devoted their time and efforts through donating, sorting and selling second-hand books, baking, packaging and selling cookies for the Valentine’s Bake Sale, and making generous direct donations to our Heart to Heart Donation Board. This “combined amount” also includes the efforts of our Secondary students, who have raised substantial amounts with activities during their “Spirit Week” in January and the Valentine’s card sale on February 14th. We will continue to raise money for Heart to Heart this semester and our fundraising will culminate in our Spring Charity Brunch (more details to follow – ticket sales to start soon!!). Further donations to our Heart Donation Board may be made at any time in the Scoop Office and any amount is welcome.

We would like to take this opportunity and extend our heartfelt thanks for the considerable contributions and help we have received from all our parents, students, staff and administration, and we are proud to have such a supportive parent community. Thank you!

All three charities and their causes are important to us, and we are happy to share more details with interested parents. For further information, please also feel free to visit their websites.