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RAG Week: Raising Awareness for Giving

01 September 2014

RAG week is coming up next week and the Year 12s are planning what they will be doing to Raise Awareness for Giving throughout the whole school community

During RAG Week which will run from Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 September, the Year 12s will be running a variety of activities throughout the school to raise awareness for seven different charities that our school will be supporting throughout the year. Find out more about the different charities involved and what the Year 12s are planning below…

As well as all the activities the Year 12s are running, we will also be carrying out a clothes collection for ‘Rivers of Hearts’.  If you have any clothes, shoes, bedding or toys that are in good working order that you no longer want then please bring them in during RAG week and we will find them a good home.

Huaxin Therapy and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children

What is it?
The Huaxin centre is an NGO which was started in 2004.  They help children with neurological illnesses and allow for parents to network and meet. The Huaxin centre help the children by treating their disorder with physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, acupuncture and massage.

What will we do during RAG Week?
Emma, Kristen, Margot, Josh, Jacob and Meharbaan

We have decided to make a short film of the centre to present to each year group in secondary during assemblies, followed by a short talk to explain why it’s important to get involved and help this centre in their work. 

For primary, we would like to set up an obstacle course for the children. We will get the kids to go through the obstacle course but we will either blindfold them or tell them not to touch the equipment with one arm so this will then mean they will understand what it’s like for children that can’t use certain muscles and skills and it will raise their awareness in a fun way.

Jaiya’s Animal Rescue (JAR)

What is it?
JAR is a non-profit small animal rescue group that is committed to protecting and improving the health and welfare of animals through pet health care, education, and the promotion of adoption and foster care as an alternative approach to purchasing animals.

What will we do during RAG Week?
Eelinn, Lara, Tasos, Sangwon and Sean:

During RAG week we will give out cupcakes and brownies in secondary during form time while telling people more about the charity. We will also try to go to primary and give them stickers to raise awareness. These stickers will be attached to business cads/ flyers so the kids don’t forget why they got it.  We will give out the stickers during lunchtime while wearing onesies so we really get the children’s attention!

JeongSeok, Leon, Michal, and Salla:

We are planning on going to the form classes during form time and giving a little speech about what JAR does. During break and lunch we will be at a stand and we will have a large poster there with information about JAR with lots of animal soft toys. We will have a little game with questions about the organisation and if you get the questions right, you will get an animal sticker!

Water Aid

What is it?
Water Aid is an international charity which works with local partners in different countries to help communities access safe water and sanitation.

What will we do during RAG Week?
Nickolai, Jonas and Ben:

We will introduce a list of ideas and symbols that support facts and information about water aid.  For example, our first idea is to make students aware of the organization,

We will create blue ribbons and armbands that represent water. It’s a fun creative way to make students aware because they are engaged in wearing the ribbons and armbands. We will also encourage every student to bring in their own water bottle and will provide blue paint for people to be creative and paint themselves! We are also looking to make some stickers showing important statistics about water use and we will make a short presentation to the entire year group about Water Aid

Jessica, Min Kyu, Jamie, and Helen:

We are going to make a power point presentation to show the audience the importance of water: what would our lives be like without water and what is life like for those people who don’t have fresh water day to day?

We want to use real life scenarios, powerful imagery and hard hitting facts about water poverty to grab the attention of the audience and make them begin to save water in their daily lives.

In primary school we plan to make stickers to stick on the water bottles and give to the children so they can take them home, show their parents and continue the conversation with them at home.

We will also be making posters to put up around school to raise awareness.

Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School

What is it?
Last year a group of students took part in a programme called Students Responding to Students, which paired students from BISS Puxi with migrant students from the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School. The school is for migrant students whose families move to Shanghai for work. The parents’ occupations include domestic helpers, construction workers, street vendors, drivers, etc. and the students at this school are hardworking, independent and resilient and are in need of extra-curricular activities, caring role models and exposure to the outside world.

What will we do during RAG Week?
Hyun Jin, Seo Won, Ji Young, Eun Ju and Yeo Jin

Our group hoping to raise awareness for the Qing Pu Xiu Long Migrant School during the RAG Week.

Each of our members is going to spend a whole school day with a student from the school and document the day by taking pictures and making notes of what their school day is like.

We will then gather our photos and turn them into a movie which we can put on some of the display monitors around school. We really hope to raise awareness in this way as many students will watch the films as they are passing by.

Emmanuelle, Victoria, Mandy and Yang:

We will be making a short video which will introduce the school, the work that it does and what we are doing to help the kids to have a better education (e.g. the ECA that we are running and stationary donations etc.).

Our power point presentation will also give some background, explaining how families need to migrate from their home towns to Shanghai to get better jobs. We will show what kind of jobs the parents have and we will also compare their school to ours, to demonstrate how different they are and how much we can help them. 

We will also display some pictures, videos and posters to show the audience what sort of the environment the migrant kids work in and raise awareness for this charity.

Indochina Starfish Foundation

What is it?
The Indochina Starfish Foundation is an International Charity which helps some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children in Cambodia. The ISF Education Programme strives to take children, mostly from the slums, who have never had the benefit of schooling, or those who have had to stop education for economic reasons, and support them through a period of “Catch Up’ teaching to their correct age grade for state school. Thereafter the children are sponsored through state school and onto vocational training or further education. These are children who currently spend their days scavenging in the streets of Phnom Penh to raise money. 

What will we do during RAG Week?

Hebe, Sharon, Kelly and William:

We are planning to make a poster and a very short video that we can show during form time to different form classes. We are also looking at making a sticker with the ISF logo which we can stick onto things that students use very often.

Giving Tree

What is it?
Giving Tree is a charity which provides migrant children in China’s primary schools with a bag full of

warmth for Christmas. Migrant schools do not receive the same funding as state schools and they cannot afford to provide the necessary learning materials for their students. Each year people donate by buying a Giving Tree bag and filling it with a jacket, school supplies, books, gifts, etc. These bags cost 250 RMB and are personalised for each student and are filled according to each students’ needs

What will we do during RAG Week?
Yuri, Seunghae and Hyelin:

We will be creating posters and booklets which will give information about Giving Tree and encourage people to get involved.

Our posters will contain information about the environment in which these students are living, the lack of resources, their small houses, not enough clothes for winter, etc. We will also display information about how we can help students to have better lives with just the cost of donating a bag, which we can easily give if we don’t purchase things such as pair of shoes, a bag, a dinner in a good restaurant.

More details will be found in our booklets which we will be handing out in front of the dining hall during RAG week. They will contain details of how to help those students, articles from media, etc.

In primary, we will give out stickers with a photo and a statement which is easy for them to understand. We will also make posters for the children to take home and show their parents.

River of Hearts

What is it?
River of Hearts (ROH), established in 2003, is a Community Center Shanghai outreach program. ROH provides expatriates, living and working in Shanghai, with the opportunity to graciously give items they no longer need to those who are in need. ROH's purpose is to also provide a way for people to donate clothing, shoes, bedding, toys and other items in good condition to people in need. Since its inception, River of Hearts has distributed over 9,600 boxes to underprivileged people in Shanghai and throughout China.

What will we do during RAG Week?
Holly, Natalie, Helena, Constantin and Sirus:

We are going to be painting hearts on a black canvas and baking cookies to attract attention in secondary school. We are also going to be making a range of stickers to give to primary students.

Megan, Andreas, Clay and Marcelo:

We have decided to make a video about River of Hearts. In our video we compare what we have to the less fortunate and this will hopefully create awareness of the charity and make people feel more sympathy towards the less fortunate.

We also want to give out heart shaped stickers to give out to the little kids to grab their interest.