Captivating Santa Run 2018 – A Christmas Success!


The 2018 Captivating Santa Run

A fund-raising event supporting the work of Captivating in China

Captivating’s 2nd Santa Run was a truly festive spectacle. 600 participants and 65 volunteers donned red shirts, hats and Santa suits to run or walk the 6km or 3km around the Shenzhen Bay walkway in China. We were overwhelmed by the response from the community, from participants to volunteers, and it was enjoyed by partakers and spectators alike!

Over 200 children then got to meet Santa and received gifts, kindly donated by Frankincense Sponsor ZURU, while listening to carols sung by the amazing Freedom: 61. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday season.

Congratulations to all participants who each received a Santa Run medal and special congratulations to the Santa Run winners who received their medals at the end of the event.

The event raised funds for Captivating, operating under the umbrella of the Shenzhen Charity Federation, supporting the work of its Chinese registered charity partners in China. Funds raised will go to projects ranging from educational support for girls who have missed schooling, healthy village programs and helping entire villages address their poverty through animal husbandry and greenhouses.

Our sincerest THANKS to the following that made this happen:

OUR SPONSORS: A huge thank you to our Frankincense Sponsor, ZURU, and a big and warm welcome and thanks to our new Myrrh sponsors: Dental Bauhinia, Little Engineers and Red Ribbon Trading. We are thrilled that you chose to support us on our second Santa Run!

OUR COMMITTEE: Tom Simpson from SCIE, Claire Taylor from 3D Boffin, Serena Cole, Tracy Chen, Vivian Yuan and our fabulous Santa, Kevin McCaustlin. We would also have been lost without our incredible English MC Tom Simpson and Chinese MC Shu Yiwen and finally the 54 energetic student volunteers also from SCIE led by the wonderful Gary Ellis.

Freedom: 61, our band who ensured everyone left in truly festive mood after singing a wonderful selection of carols.

 MEDIA PARTNERS and the SHENZHEN COMMUNITY: A HUGE thank you to our media partners That’s PRD, urbanfamily, Here! Donguan, Lohas Shenzhen, Shekou Daily, Shenzhen Party and Guide in China and every group who posted and reposted for us! There are too many to individually thank, but from the bottom of our hearts thank you to everyone who spread the word from ABNET and nogogo to SWIC and the Shenzhen School Community and to every bar and restaurant group who posted – Thank you!!

Our final thanks are to the Shenzhen Bay Management who graciously facilitated the run in their park and the local police for ensuring a safe event. Lastly Raffles Medical Shenzhen for being on hand to attend to any medical needs. To find out more about Captivating’s work in China, email or go to our website

Captivating Santa Run 2018 – PHOTO GALLERY



30 women receive Assistant Chef training -

I am a single mom with 3 children. After the birth of our 3rd daughter I became barren and couldn't provide my husband with a son, so he left me. I have never been to school so I am unable to find work to support myself and my daughters. I want the best for my girls and I know it's not possible without a good education. I need to find work to be able to send my daughters to school. I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the My First Job Assistant Chef program. I am learning skills that I am confident will be able to provide me with a good job. I am not property. My children are the most important thing to me. I am happy that I will be able to be independent and provide them with a good future. 


Pigs bring a bright future to Dolji and her daughter

Dolji is a 30 year old single mother and has a 4 year old daughter who is attending the village kindergarten. Dolji has a mental disability and she has never been to school herself. Because of this, she has never been married. She also does not know who her daughter's father is.


130 families have greenhouses

130 families have completed the construction of their greenhouses. This greenhouse [photo on the right] is newly built and belongs to three families.  They have just planted green papers, Chinese cabbage, carrot and onions. Everything is growing well even though it is very cold at the site currently. This is going to help these families to be able to grow fresh produce all year long.


Winter time at Seng Girls Vocational Training School

The campus in winter is white and it looks like a white coat on the roof of the buildings. The the students love winter time at the Seng Girls Vocational Training School.


210 women receive health checks

Since October, the Healthy Village Project has made 7 stops, covering 11 townships, and over 20 villages. One of the most recent Healthy Village Project locations had 300 people attend. The Doctor provided health checks to 210 women and gave much needed medicine. Many of these women have never had a health check and have been suffering with health issues for many years.


Pigs are changing Ms Peng's life

Ms Peng is a very happy single mother of her 16 year old adopted daughter. She is one of the beneficiaries from the Pigs for Poverty Project in 2017 and was among 70 families who each received 2 pigs. Ms Peng and her daughter were struggling to survive financially and then the pig project came to their village 12 months ago. They received two pigs from the Captivating Pigs for Poverty project and learned all about how to raise pigs to breed and the best time to sell the piglets.