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YCIS Qingdao Students Experience 24-hour Famine

April, 2010
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For many, April 1st is traditionally seen as April Fool’s Day, but the plan executed by 15 students at Yew Chung International School of Qingdao (YCIS Qingdao) was no laughing matter this year. A group of 15 Secondary students at Huangdao Campus of YCIS Qingdao prepared themselves for a 24-hour famine to help raise money for the Yew Chung Sichuan Fund.ycis-qd-famine-s

The students organized themselves as per usual in the morning and arrived on campus by 7:45 am on March 31. From that moment onwards each had agreed to comply with the simple rule of water only. The usual sights and smells of lunchtime needed heavy restraint but the brave students continued through the school day with no food intake.

All the participants were invited to stay at Huangdao’s boarding facility with the staff. To assist them in coping with hunger pangs and a ‘long’ evening the teachers had prepared fun activities such as a table tennis tournament, a talent show, making Easter bonnets for the following day and quiet board games followed by the viewing of the new Alice in Wonderland movie.

At 7:45 am the next morning the fast was broken with the grateful arrival of some supportive parents who came with warm breakfast dishes to bring energy back to the students. Each participant contributed 30RMB to the Sichuan Fund to help continue to build much-needed school facilities.

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  1. April 20th, 2014 at 10:44 | #1

    Hi guys,It’s been a long time since I was briefly in Beijing, but the thing I remmeber most was visiting the wild wall outside the city about an hour or 2 by bus. We got the info from a Lonely Planet guide, so the area may not be so wild anymore (this was 2001), but at the time my friend MC and I managed to get ourselves on some public buses (which was really fun and interesting in itself changing lines was particularly challenging) to this tiny town and then you just hike up to the crumbly old great wall of China and wander around on it for as long as you please. Back then there was no one really around, though an old man was asking for some money for us to walk the path up to the wall. That could be a bad sign for the area’s development. I don’t know what the weather’s like now, either (snow might preclude outside fun), but that day was the most memorable part of my trip to Beijing, other than the lingering memory that the metro stops are really not close to one another at all .O

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