Thank you Shenzhen!

As the dust settles on our 10th Annual Captivating Charity Auction, we are left with nothing but gratitude and praise for the amazing community we are lucky to be surrounded by. Shenzhen, you were amazing.

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. Together, you raised RMB1.4million, helping Captivating in partnership with the Shenzhen Charity Federation, Shamtse Charity and LOVEQTRA, to seal the deal on impacting the lives of close to 1,000 girls this calendar year. SHENZHEN, YOU DID IT. 

Having set an aggressive aim of raising RMB1.5 millions, we only dreamed we could get this close. In the process, over the coming 12 months (some starting within a matter of weeks):

100 single moms will start with own pig business

100 families will own their own greenhouse

400 children will be more secure in their schooling

427 women will attend health training

46 girls will start vocational schooling

80 girls will continue to be supported at the Seng Girls Home.

To all of our event organizers, our precious and beloved auction committee and 180 volunteersour amazing school communityour incredible entertainers (wow), the many companies who donated goods for auction, awesome MCs (go Tyler & Simon) and auctioneer, our incredibly generous corporate sponsors, and of course close to 600 guests  – THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.  We can’t believe how fortunate we are to have your support.

We look forward to updating you over the coming year on how these projects go. Be sure to keep an eye on our website and regular project updates.

As I sign off I have one last thank-you.  To our AMAZING team at the Shenzhen Captivating office. Your commitment, efficiency, event management and problem solving skills are, as one key sponsor described it, “a well oiled machine“. You can feel SO PROUD of all you have achieved for the girls who cross our Captivating path. I know I speak on behalf of Julie, Lynn Velez, and our board when I say how blessed we are to have such a team. We believe that the 10th Annual Charity Auction was OUR BEST EVER.  Well done. Congratulations. Thanks for capping of 10 years in style.

Bring on number 11. We hope you enjoy of event gallery of special auction moments.

Andrew Colquhoun
Co-Founder & CEO
CAPTIVATING INTERNATIONAL

Captivating Gala 2018 – Photo Gallery

 

CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

10 piglets and 1 very happy Mom

This mom in Qinghai, China, is very happy and busy. Thanks to the Pigs for Poverty Project, she now has 10 piglets to take care of and sell. Before receiving two sows, she had very limited income opportunities for her family. Now, everything is different. "I am expecting an income of around 10 thousand RMB for the coming year. Thank you very much for helping us. We are very grateful. Pigs keep us very busy but they are increasing our family income. I am so happy to raise them. With this extra income, my children's education will be able to continue. I will be always grateful."




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

"Hats off" to our awesome 2018 greenhouse supervisor

Mr Tredan [wearing the cowboy hat in the photo below] is the main supervisor for our current greenhouse construction program. He is a shy man but strongly believes in this program as an excellent way to significantly improve the livelihood of impoverished single moms in Qinghai, China. He was our key in the success of our 2017 Greenhouse Project and we have been grateful he was willing and happy to help out again during the 2018 project - a program that has brought hope to 131 families this past year. It was dusty work but the results were exciting as each Greenhouse started to take shape.




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | VOCATIONAL SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS

My dream of becoming a Pharmacist is coming true

My name is Drolma and I come from Qinghai Province. I’m nineteen this year and now a vocational school student majoring in pharmacy with another 10 girls from the Captivating Vocational Scholarship School Program. I have been out of school for four years, so I both excited about this chance but also nervous whether I am good enough to keep up after such a long break. 




CHINA | EDUCATE GIRLS | MY FIRST JOB PROGRAM

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. 




CHINA | END POVERTY | PIGS FOR POVERTY

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.




CHINA | END POVERTY | LEAN, MEAN, VEGGIE MACHINES

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.