The British School of Guangzhou annually raises around 200, 000 RMB for charity, here are some of the things that we have supported in recent years:
Hopeful Hearts is a non-profit charity based in Nanjing, Chengdu and Guangzhou. Their mission is to raise money and fund life-saving heart surgery for children of low-income Chinese families. This is a new charity that the British School of Guangzhou will be raising funds throughout the year for. Hopeful Hearts Guangzhou mainly receive cases involving new-born babies who require major heart surgery, The British School of Guangzhou will be working closely with this charity to help fund these life changing surgeries. Once Hopeful Hearts receive a child in need we will be able to arrange visits to the cardiology department to see the benefits of your donations. Heart surgery for a new-born baby costs around 80,000-100,000 RMB. Hopeful Hearts will donate up to 30,000 rmb per case which means they are able to offer their support to more children and help to save more lives.
Room to Read
Room to Read believes that all children, regardless of gender or background, have a right to education. By empowering children through this lifelong gift, they see a world in which people are able to realize their full potential. Through the British School of Guangzhou’s support of Room to Read’s Nepal campaign, a new library is now open and in use by children whose lives were devastated by the recent earthquake.
ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all. In previous years, the British School of Guangzhou have worked with an underprivileged rural school in China, to fund resources that help to improve the learning environment within and around the school. Students from our charity committee have visited the school to see at first hand the benefits of these resources.
Recently, ActionAid China re-strategized their programs direction and has decided to focus on climate change through policy research and advocacy at a macro level. Thus, ActionAid China will not be able to continue to implement the rural school project as previously expected. As a result, we have been unable to draw up a contract and donate the money raised 2014/15 to ActionAid. This item was discussed in one of our charity meetings; we decided to reassign the money raised for ActionAid to Hopeful Hearts.
The Library Project
The Library Project donates books and libraries to under financed rural primary schools and orphanages in Asia. The British School of Guangzhou recently raised funds to help finance a library bus in Cambodia that will help to spread the joy of reading and ignite the imagination of children in rural areas.
Year on year, the British School of Guangzhou’s male members of staff opt to grow a moustache throughout the month of November (Movember) in order to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Other members of staff and parents/students, from within the school community, are able to show their support by purchasing some moustache merchandise all money raised goes to Prostate Cancer UK.
Guangzhou English Training Centre for the Handicapped (GETCH)
GETCH is a non-profit, 3-year college for students with physical disabilities. Students at GETCH gain knowledge and skills but also develop their self-confidence, change their mindset, form new outlooks on life, and participate in different social activities.
The British School of Guangzhou has worked very closely with students from GETCH for a number of years. Students and parents have supported GETCH’s annual event by running activity stalls to raise money for their training centre. GETCH students have visited the British School of Guangzhou to participate in an Art project whereby students teamed up to create large canvas paintings. The paintings were then turned into postcards for GETCH to then sell at future events. In addition, the British School of Guangzhou have helped to fund their summer school with money raised from our International Day event.
Guangdong International Volunteer Expatriate Service (GIVES)
We support GIVES’ annual International Food Festival mainly through volunteer work. Our students run activity stalls and the British School of Guangzhou provides quality performances e.g. school orchestra/choir. GIVES is a platform where expats come together to develop long-term projects and initiatives to help support those in need. Funds raised from their annual event helps to support children with autism in China.
The British School of Guangzhou supported Oxfam with their worldwide “Make it Right” campaign. They asked students across the world to come up with a 10-minute video campaign, to help “make it right” by supporting children without access to education. Students also participated in a sponsored walk, from the city centre to school, to replicate the distance some students around the world have to walk in order to receive an education. The money raised was donated to Oxfam, a non-profit organisation dedicated to fighting extreme poverty.
The Nature Conservancy
A handful of the British School of Guangzhou staff are sponsored to participate in an exciting nighttime endurance hike through Hong Kong's mountains. In 2015, the annual 30km trek raised money for the Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization, who work around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
World Wildlife Fund
Each year on the Lakefront Early Years campus students and staff raise money to adopt a panda, called Ming Ming, through the World Wildlife Fund. In 2016, as part of their Born to be Wild topic, Reception students made cakes and held a bake sale. EYFS students also participated in a "Black and White" day where they could come to school dressed in black and white or as a panda. It is a great way to make students aware of the environment and endangered animals.
Aside from monetary donations we encourage other community engagement activities such as:
Christmas shoebox appeal for the Shenzhen Longgang Society Welfare Centre the whole school community united and demonstrated tremendous generosity with the incentive to provide children less fortunate a small gift during the festive period.
Help The Homeless organised by Secondary students who brought in various toiletries e.g. toothpaste, shampoo, soap etc. The items were later distributed to homeless people in Guangzhou through a local parish.
Charity Committee Charter
The British School of Guangzhou’s Charity Charter outlines our involvement with charity and fundraising as a school community. At the British School of Guangzhou the charity committee work together to deliberate what charity to support each academic year. At bi-monthly meetings the committee gathers information regarding events and initiatives that are taking place throughout the school and ensures regular updates are made in newsletter articles, the yearbook, Heads bulletins and yearly reports.
View and read the Charity Committee Charter here in English and Chinese.
If you would like to join the school's charity committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.