In a year where so many people are finding life challenging due to COVID, we have been once again so humbled by the generosity shown by our Shenzhen and wider community. Our goal for the night was to raise RMB 1.5 million and we were completely unsure what to expect coming into the night. Although an exact result is yet to be finalized, early indications indicate we have raised RMB1.26 million. WE ARE THRILLED. SHENZHEN, YOU ARE AMAZING!
On behalf of the Shenzhen Charity Federation, thank you SO MUCH for being a part of our 12th year, Saturday, 17th October, 2020. And, once again, our thanks to the wonderful team at the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen.
Together, as a result of the generosity of everyone who attended, 1,000 lives (single moms, young women, and their children) will one day look back on 2020 as a turnaround year for them. A year of new beginnings and fortune.
Over these next 12 months (some starting within a matter of weeks):
125 single moms will start their own pig businesses and better support their 400 children and aging parents;
150 women with be trained as assistant chefs and professional tailors, then mentored into their first job. This will help them better support their 450 children and parents; and
100 teenage girls will get back to school by starting a career of their choosing at vocational school. They will be joining another 200 girls already enrolled in this program.
To all of our event organizers, our precious and hard-working auction committee and 180 volunteers, our amazing school and business community, Jonathan our incredible entertainer, the many companies who donated goods for auction, our amazing group of artists and their artwork this year (co-curated by Brittan and April Le), our awesome MC Karl, and fantastic first-time auctioneer Nate, Christine and Pax who lead our world class audio/visual team, our incredibly generous corporate sponsors, our after-party partners Brew and The Terrace, and of course to our 450 guests – THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. We can’t believe how fortunate we are to have your support.
Of course this is just the beginning. We’d love you to stay connected with us as we work to implement all that has been made possible thanks to this event. 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.
Lastly, we’d like to thank our AMAZING, consistent and loyal Shenzhen Captivating team, and to the team at the Shenzhen Charity Federation. Your desire to keep doing this year after year is astounding and we are so lucky to have had such a committed team for so many years. Your efficiency, event management and problem-solving skills are world class. So many comment that our event is one of the best auction fundraisers they have attended, and that is full credit to all of you. We can’t believe that 12 years on, we are still getting better and better each year. You can feel SO PROUD of all you have achieved for the girls who cross our Captivating path. Congratulations and thank you.
To all who attended our event, we hope we have won your continued support and look forward to seeing you at our 13th Annual Captivating Charity Auction next year.
My world is not limited to a small mountain village. I want to reach a distance I have never reached. I want to go to the top of the mountain to overlook the world and blow the night wind on the top of the mountain.
Yangkartso, 17, lives with his brother and mother. Her father died due to an accident at work when she was still a child. Her mother then sought jobs so she could continue supporting them and send them to school. However, when her brother fell ill, their family's financial difficulty increased and she had to drop out of school.
Puyuxia, 19, comes from a rural area. She lives with her grandfather who raised her by himself ever since she was a little girl. Puyuxia's father died in an accident while her mother left them in search of a better life.
What a night! We are so humbled by the generosity shown once again from our Shenzhen community. Saturday, 12th of October, once again working with the wonderful team at the Futian Shangri-la, Shenzhen, will be remembered by us for a long time.
Caihangji enrolled in the Vocational School Scholarship program in 2016 and majored in Medicine. After two years of hard study and 1 year internship, she graduated as one of the top 10 in her class of 29 students. She is now officially employed as a pharmacist and earns a good monthly salary. She is very excited about her new found independence and ability to earn good money.