Raising money for children with leukemia
Sylvia Choi, Grade 10, International School of Nanshan Shenzhen
This is a special year for everyone at the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen. A few months ago, the grade 10 class was chosen to spearhead a fundraising project for children with leukemia.
The class visited the Shenzhen Children’s Hospital in Futian District and shared what they saw and felt with everyone else in our school.
Our school came up with many fundraising activities to achieve our goal of 40,000 yuan. We conducted activities such as a walkathon, pizza sales, art auction, Loose Change Day, muffin sales, Mock Jail, Pie in the Face and chocolate sales. Through these activities in every grade from Kindergarten to Grade 12, we have learned about leukemia patients as well as giving, sharing and caring.
The result was very successful. Not only did we achieve our goal, we exceeded it and raised 50,532.30 yuan. This amount was matched by Dr. Francis Pang for a total of 101,064.60 yuan. It was a moment of joy for us that our sincere efforts achieved so much.
As the news spread abroad, we received a letter from the Minister of Education in New Brunswick, Canada, which said: “I am very proud to hear how the entire ISNS school population embraced this cause. Please pass on my sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone at ISNS.”
The money that we raised for children with leukemia will be divided with half being given to Liu Zerong, 14, a child with leukemia, and the other half to the Leukemia Family Fund at the Shenzhen Children’s Hospital.
On December 16, a video called “Share the Love” — which the Grade 10 class made about the fundraising project — was shown in our school. Liu Lijuan, the mother of Liu Zerong, Mr. Zhong Shan,administrator of Shenzhen Children’s Hospital, and Mr. Li Changgang, director of the Hematology and Oncology department, were also present and the three accepted the cheque from ISNS.
A letter read to the audience by the school’s Executive Director, Ms. Joyce Pang, from Chairman Dr. Pang included the following: “I was pleased to learn that the Shenzhen Daily has made a special column for this event. This will arouse public awareness of this issue. I would encourage all students to keep up their full support to social community and inspire other teens around you.”
Our principal, Mrs. Davis, said: “I would hope that the impact of this research will also bring awareness of the Leukemia Family Support option for others who may want to support this cause, as well.”
This Christmas, at ISNS, we will be sharing the happiness by being a Santa for these children with leukemia. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from our own actions.