If you were in the area of Lian Hua Shan park at 10.30pm Saturday night, then you would have seen a large number of energetic people in beautifully designed blue T-shirts warming up for the 3rd Annual Midnight Charity race. The idea of the race is for runners to get together with old and new friends, and raise money for charity at the same time. Well, there were a lot of new friends this year, with 125 runners taking part! Last year’s event had 52 runners and many were back again to beat their previous race times.
The fundraising goal for this year’s race was 100,000RMB for Captivating Internationals ‘Project Eden’, based in Guangdong Province. This project supports Chinese foster parents who are caring for children from disadvantaged circumstances in a safe and secure environment. Eden is also now home to 9 older girls from Captivating’s program in Qinghai, who are learning Chinese in the local school. You can read more at: http://www.captivating.org/project/details/4
Both the 5k and 10k race kicked off at 11.00pm, eagerly cheered on by supporters and passersby. The atmosphere was electric at the finish line as helpers handed out water to the 10k runners on their first pass through and everyone keen to see the first of the 5k runners come in.
The winner of the 5k women’s event was Claire Taylor (23:05) and Daniel Woslten (25:39) for the men.
The winner of the 10k was Nicolas Rousseau (42:43), second place Patrick Connicker (42:51) and third place Liam Rodden (42:53). The womens 10k winner was Christe Klauberg (48:45), second place Molly McCloskey (52:09) and third place Tasha Van Winkle (52:20).
A lot of runners improved on last years times and even those who walked were nicely surprised with their performance !
A very welcome ‘air-conditioned and free Tsing Tao’ coach waited to take runners and supporters to Rapscallions café and bar, who hosted the prize giving and after race party. Rapscallions donated 10RMB for every Tsing Tao bought and provided great food, a raffle with some special prizes and good fun for the night.
A big THANK YOU to Greg, all the runners, sponsors and helpers for organizing and coming out to raise what ended up being 110,000rmb for a great charity. It was a huge success, so well organized and great fun ! See you all next year.
Thank you SO MUCH for your support of our 10th year in China. Saturday night, 13th October, will be remembered by us as for a long time - a night of grace, emotion, laughter, excitement, astonishment and exceeding generosity.
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Shen Wai International School (SWIS) was once again filled with a buzz of action, high-5's and passionate kids on Saturday March 24, as Captivating in conjunction with the Shenzhen Charity Federation, ran the second of two Mini Olympic events for the 7th year.
Shenzhen International School (SIS) Jingshan Villa, Shekou was once again filled with a buzz of action, high-5's and passionate kids on Saturday March 17, as Captivating in conjunction with the Shenzhen Charity Federation, ran the first of two Mini Olympic events for the 7th year.
Captivating’s inaugural Santa Run was a truly festive spectacle. 342 runners and 65 volunteers, donned red shirts, hats and Santa suits to run or walk the 6km or 3km around the new Shenzhen Bay walkway. We were overwhelmed by the response from the community, from runners to volunteers, and it was truly enjoyed by participants and spectators alike!
133 Children then got to meet Santa and received gifts, kindly donated by Gold Sponsor ZURU, while listening to carols sung by the truly amazing Freedom:61. It was a wonderful way to start the holiday season.
For the 9th year running, Greg Shultheis and a wonderful team of volunteers held the annual MIDNIGHT CHARITY RACE in Shenzhen, China. 100 runners along with generous sponsors raised a total of RMB239,000 (US$36,000) in support of the work of Captivating in China through the Shenzhen Charity Federation CAPTIVATING Fund.