12 Jul, 2013
10 : 00
YCIS Shanghai’s Parent Organisation Pudong (POP) joined with Secondary Student Council representatives to visit the 16 students who received life-changing heart operations as a result of the Charity Gala held by POP earlier this year.
The group of surgery recipients included 15 Tibetan children, as well as a one-year-old boy. The children were very grateful to have received the operations, and they showed their appreciation during the visit from YCIS students, teachers, and parents. Visiting the children at the hospital helped the YCIS students see first-hand the profound impact the charity donations had on the children and their families.
Karyn, a Year 11 student and Co-President of Student Council, reflected on the day, saying, “The children all received corrective heart surgery thanks to our efforts in fundraising, and were able to receive advanced surgical procedures that led to a speedier recovery. Fifteen of the children sponsored this year were part of the Ali Project, which helps treat children from Tibet with congenital heart defects. During our visit, the children were able to perform some traditional Tibetan dances and songs, expressing their gratefulness for our help. It was a very meaningful visit.”
Funding for the surgeries was provided by this years’ successful, annual POP Charity Gala, which was set to the theme of “An Evening with the Stars”, and raised over RMB 400,000 yuan for Heart to Heart Shanghai. This incredible result was all due to the generous contributions of YCIS parents and sponsors.
Getting to see the results, in the form of the smiles that played across these children’s faces, was a meaningful way to end another extremely productive school year at YCIS Shanghai.