What can we possibly say about ZURU TOYS that would be adequate in just a few sentences. Starting this year, ZURU fund 50% of the total budget of our Vocational School Scholarship Program, and MY FIRST JOB programs in China – bringing hope to over 300 girls a year. ZURU is a world famous family business with origins all the way back to New Zealand. With offices all over the world, ZURU have their manufacturing base in Shenzhen China and for that reason were passionate about ways to give back to China. Our special thanks to Anna Mowbray and family, Hannah Leeming, and Irene He Yizhen for their support.
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.
"I am currently the main chef at a little kitchen. The owner found that I am the best cook in the restaurant. The customers enjoy my food and always give me compliments on my cooking skills. At first I was nervous because I have never worked in such a professional environment before but I am now full of confidence that I have my very first long term, stable job. I am so happy with my life now and I could not believe that all happened to me. Without your support I would not have had this life changing opportunity."
A few days ago a boy randomly gave me a strawberry as I stood by his mountain-top village trying to catch my breath. At 3,700m altitude the air certainly gets thin. But even my mind - dulled with headache from a lack of oxygen - did not miss the significance that the strawberry was especially picked because it was in the shape of a heart.
We all know that true beauty is what lies below the surface of us all. But, lets face it, some people appear doubly blessed - both inside and out. Last week, our program manager (Carrie) and I had the pleasure of meeting this girl, along with multiple others from various locations of our Asia based Vocational School Scholarship program.