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BSB Charity Spring Ball to Save Sight in China

June, 2011
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bsb-orbis-sOn Monday, 23rd May, Mr. George W. Smith, Director, North Asia, ORBIS International, visited the British School of Beijing (BSB) where he was proudly presented with a cheque for 110,000 RMB from the Primary students on behalf of the Parents’ Associations of Sanlitun and Shunyi.

According to the World Health Organization, 45 million people worldwide are blind – yet 80 per cent suffer needlessly. Their blindness could have been prevented or treated. ORBIS is an International non-profit organization whose mission is to treat and prevent blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives. ORBIS has been working in China since 1982.

On March 26th, a group of dedicated parents from the British School of Beijing’s Parents’ Associations from Sanlitun and Shunyi hosted their (first, annual) glittering “James Bond, Shaken not Stirred” Charity Spring Ball at Beijing’s Kempinski Hotel in support of the charity ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital in China.

The British School of Beijing has pupils from over 50 different countries, and more than 200 guests from both within and outside of the British School community attended the event. This created a fantastic opportunity for the event sponsors, (who donated cash, products or vouchers) to promote their local and international businesses to this diverse international community.

Guests were entertained by excellent singers from the school choir, tried to shoot ‘nerf’ guns like James Bond and danced the night away to the school band and DJ Herbie. Guests also bought raffle tickets and bid on the fantastic selection of silent auction items (including original artwork made by the Primary school students). A total of 110,000 RMB was raised for the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital.

The funds raised from the Ball will directly sponsor vision saving surgeries in Ulan Bator, which cost 800 RMB each. ORBIS and the British School of Beijing also plan on developing a long-term relationship through community service opportunities that can involve BSB secondary students in ORBIS’s work. 

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