In Shanghai, our new Chairman, Richard Clark, and I, had the honor of meeting not only with some of our corporate donors, but a few of our individual supporters as well.
One of those supporters was a very impressive 10-year old, Taylor Vaughn.
Many of you may remember Taylor. Moved by the devastation she witnessed on the news following the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan earlier this year, Taylor mobilized her friends to raise money and awareness for HOPE’s relief efforts through folding 1,000 white origami cranes, a symbol of hope. When completed, the girls presented the cranes to the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles and presented HOPE with nearly $1,500 to use for relief efforts in Japan.
Taylor now has plans to use her already seasoned fundraising skills to help raise money to support programs at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC).
Mr. Clark and I also had the privilege of meeting with Paul Huang. Paul is the son of C.J. Huang, a long-time Project HOPE supporter. Before moving to the United States, C.J. Huang graduated from Wuhan University. For decades, C.J. Huang, through his foundation, has supported HOPE programs dedicated to helping treat burn victims, providing education for health professionals, and improving the health of children at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. While we were in Shanghai, Paul accepted an award from Project HOPE and the SCMC in honor of his father, who is now 96 and continuing to support HOPE programs in China. We won’t forget Paul’s statement upon accepting the award in his father’s name. “Our parents taught us to always help other people, not because it improves our Karma or even to give back. We help others, because it adds to our own personal happiness.”
As we continue our journey, witnessing the impact of HOPE’s health education programs in China, Mr. Clark and I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You,” to each and every one of our supporters who give of their time and resources to support HOPE’s programs here in China and around the globe.
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