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Give to the Giving Tree

23 October 2014

It’s that time of year again when some of us might be starting to think about the festive season ahead. Our IB students on the Giving Tree Committee have been thinking about it for a while now as they are organising the giving of gifts to migrant school children this Christmas. Here, Richard Asfour, a Year 13 student, tells us why it’s such an important cause and urges you to get involved.

  • Students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi at the presentation ceremony of the Giving Tree bags 2013

Students at the presentation ceremony of the Giving Tree bags last year.

Since its inception, Giving Tree has been able to help the children of migrant families from underdeveloped, rural areas of China and provided them with important items they wouldn’t otherwise have. Since the beginning of this school year, the students in the Giving Tree Committee have been working tirelessly to promote this cause within the BISS Puxi community.

The Giving Tree Committee is aiming to fill 606 bags, one of the largest amounts the school has ever sponsored. Currently, an amalgamation of primary and secondary students has promised to fill over 430 bags, which just leaves over 170 left to fill.

Bags cost ¥150 to go towards the cost of a jacket, stationary set and book bag, which you do not need to buy, these will be bought for you at a later date.

All you have to do is fill your bag with a hat, scarf, pair of gloves, a toy and educational book as specified by the child that the bag belongs to. You will be told your child’s name, age, height, favourite colour and toy to help you find the perfect gifts. The total price of these items should amount to around ¥125, which is separate from the price of the bag.

To those who have already purchased and filled a bag, please return your bag to primary or secondary reception by Friday 7 November. Furthermore, to any of those looking to help (students, teachers and parents), or any IB students looking for a CAS service activity, the Giving Tree Committee will hold a sorting party on Thursday 20 November, 4:30pm – 7:30pm, with light refreshments, so please come along and help!

The Giving Tree is an excellent opportunity for us students to give back to the community by sacrificing only a modicum amount of our privileged lives. So, please contact Ms. Coong atl-coong@bisspuxi.com?subject=Giving%20Tree"> l-coong@bisspuxi.com or visit her room (332 in secondary) or Mr Shrewsbury at d-shrewsbury@bisspuxi.com?subject=Giving%20Tree">d-shrewsbury@bisspuxi.com, if you are interested in sponsoring a bag or helping out at the sorting party.

To encourage the secondary students, the secondary form group that raises the most bags will be gifted with a non-uniform day at the end of term, so get going!

On behalf of the Giving Tree Committee, I would like to thank you once again for your generous donations and we look forward to your continued involvement in the future.

- Richard Asfour, 13P