AustCham Shanghai’s GABXV supports the Giving Tree
The Great Australian Ball is AustCham Shanghai’s major annual community outreach fundraising event. Over the last 14 years, it has raised more than RMB 2,360,000. the money goes directly to PRC community projects and people in need. This year, the Great Australian Ball XV will be supporting the Giving Tree to provide deserving migrant and orphaned children with a gift bag of new clothes, toys and school supplies for Chinese New Year.
Beginning in 2003, with just 32 bags, the Giving Tree, with the help of the Shanghai community, has grown steadily year after year. This year, Giving Tree aims to give out 12,000 bags to children in greatest need with the help of their partner groups including Community Centre Shanghai, Shanghai Charity Foundation, Shanghai LeQun Social Service, Shanghai Pudong Social Service Centre and Home Sweet Home.
AustCham Shanghai will commit RMB 180,000 to fill 1,200 bags from various fundraising activities on the night of the Ball. Through this year’s fundraising efforts, they hope to put smiles on the children’s faces and improve the lives of those underprivileged and provide them with the excitement of receiving Chinese New Year gifts which their families would not otherwise be able to afford.