The 2011 Seng Girls Vocational School & Home Annual Charity Fundraiser

What an amazing night! Incredible Seng Girls, awesome sponsors and wonderful generosity by our Shenzhen community.  We are so thrilled with everything that took place on October 22, and are pleased to share the following news with you.

How did we go? Our 2011 aim has been to raise a total of RMB 2 million for this project (covering annual running costs of the school and home, several construction projects and vocational development). We were banking on our Shenzhen Charity Auction covering 50% of this amount – a goal of RMB1 million.

Total donations for the night came to a grand total of RMB1,009,155. YOU DID IT!!!! The great news is that we now have less than RMB200k to go to meet our annual RMB2million target.

How did this compare to last year’s event? Total donations were up 47% on last year, and with 580 guests attending on the night, there was a 35% increase in attendance. We couldn’t be happier Shenzhen.

I’m sure everyone’s keen to see photos, so apart from this Captivating Blog you can also view photos at the websites of two of our amazing sponsors – Shenzhen Standard and Shenzhen Party. Thank you everyone for taking such wonderful pictures.

Please also keep an eye out for our next issue of Simply Captivating which will have more details and pictures. Once again we want to give huge thanks to our incredible auction committee: Stacey Garretson, Angela Kowalski, Nicole Lewis, April Potterfield, Jeanetta Robinson, Vivian Yuan and of course our wonderful friend, volunteer Project Manager and auction committee chair, Lynn Velez. There are so many more who deserve mention. You know who you are, and we are so exceedingly grateful for all you have done.

What now? We still have RMB200k to raise to meet our RMB2million goal. Here’s how you can still help:

1.    VERTICAL MARATHON: Be sure to mark December 10 in your calendar and climb the stairs of the amazing Futian Shangri-La and support the Seng Girls Home at the same time. Contact lynn@captivating.org for more details on this and get your running shoes on.

2.    CHILD SPONSORSHIP: We still have many Seng Girls who need sponsors. You can fully sponsor one of these girls for US$80 a month, or half sponsor her for US$40 a month (and we will find another sponsor to do the same). We will update you each year on her progress. To sponsor a child, simply reply to this email and we will contact you.

3.    THE INTERNATIONAL COOKBOOK: This is an amazing work of art. RMB280 gets you a copy of this beautiful cook book (English and Chinese). We have copies ready for you NOW. It would make a great gift idea also, so with Christmas just around the corner you’re good to go – and all for a good cause. Thanks to our many incredible cookbook sponsors who covered all preparation and publication costs, 100% of the RMB280 sale price goes to Captivating specifically for the benefit of the Girls Home.  To order your copy, email lynn@captivating.org.

Thank you Shenzhen. Feel very very proud of yourselves for making a big difference in the lives of these wonderful Seng Girls.

Andrew & Julie Colquhoun
Founders
CAPTIVATING INTERNATIONAL

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