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Art from the Heart – Celebrating SCIS Hongqiao ECE’s 3rd Annual Charity Art Auction

August, 2015
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scis-charity-news-ren-zeng-zhuo-ma-with-scis-peopleLast spring, the Shanghai Community International School (SCIS) ECE Community was able to raise over 100,000 RMB by way of the Third Annual Charity Art Auction. Through a combination of the live auction of student artwork, a silent auction of community sponsor donations, and ticket sales, the funds raised were transferred to Heart to Heart Shanghai, one of Shanghai’s most active charity organizations. This elegant evening was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the artistic talents of SCIS school community, celebrate the school year, and bring together parents and teachers in a fun social setting, all while supporting the efforts of this worthy charitable cause.

Founded in 2003, Heart to Heart Shanghai is a community organization that provides support and financial assistance to underprivileged Chinese children requiring heart surgeries to repair congenital heart defects. To sponsor one child’s heart surgery costs 25,000 RMB. This amount is very modest in comparison to the cost of similar operations in many other countries. However, many families in China (particularly those living in rural communities) are not fully covered by medical benefits and are unable to raise the money to pay for the operation their child needs. In fact, the families Heart to Heart supports generally make a combined family income of 3,000-6,000 RMB annually.

Over the summer break, SCIS is delighted to receive news that two of their sponsored children had just finished their surgeries and were well on their way to a full and healthy recovery! SCIS staff were invited to drop by Yodak Cardio Thoracic Hospital for a visit and personally met 7-year-old Gong Jue Song Lang and 18-year-old Ren Zeng Zhuo Ma, along with their families who travelled over 5,000 kilometers from Ali, Tibet to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. More recently, 11-month-old Ran Haochen, from Shandong Province, was admitted to Yodak Hospital and will undergo his surgery soon before his first birthday, becoming ECE’s third child sponsored this year. With the funds remaining, SCIS expect to sponsor at least one more child.

For three years now, this initiative has been a massive success, raising over 250,000 RMB for charity and providing nine life-saving heart surgeries, in addition to supporting various other local charity organizations and the volunteer work of the greater school community. It has grown from one single event to something much larger. This success has been made possible only through the hard work, generosity, and continued support of SCIS students, parents, faculty, and community sponsors. Through this initiative, SCIS has grown in its philanthropic spirit and has continued to model global citizenship for our students.

In this new school year, SCIS hopes to continue this ethos of social responsibility. The school will continue to look for more ways to support such initiatives and welcome all who are interested in getting involved. For more information regarding ECE’s Charity Art Auction, check out: http://hq.scis-his.net/content/ece-art-auction


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