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Yao Hua International School Beiyaowan Weekend Activity

On November 21st, 2015, at 9:30am, 14 volunteers from Yao Hua International School traveled to the Beiyaowan center and conducted a special activity.

2015 Shanghai SRC Tennis Charity Tournament

“Shanghai SRC Tennis Charity Tournament” was held at the Shanghai Racquet Club from Oct 30th to Nov 1st, in aid of You Dao Foundation to support migrant families. Eighty-five competitors in 20 teams joined the tournament – in Davis Cup format – thanks to the broad support of the club for You Dao’s work.
The event started with the Tennis Exhibit Dinner which was supported by about 40 members. Participants were able to watch the matches played by the coaches while dining in an open ground at the center court. The atmosphere was very joyful. You Dao director, Mr Warren Kinne joined the dinner and spoke about You Dao’s mission - A way to walk and grow with migrant workers and their families.
The tournament events started on the weekends, and all participating members were excited and happy to compete for a good cause. At the same time, the club organised a charity bazaar for other members to join and share the fun – with face painting, manicures, and side matches.
At the awards dinner, live auction for carpets and hotel coupons, raffle draws became the spotlight of the night. Chairman of You Dao, Mr Compton Tothill expressed his gratitude for the support of all.
Funds donated to You Dao from the event set a record, and just as importantly, even more members and guests signed up to become You Dao volunteers, or to support us in other ways.
You Dao would like to express our support once again to our host, the Shanghai Racquet Club, Fusion and WWL. And many thanks also for the sponsorship of:
• Eastern Carpets
• The Peninsula Hotel
• Just Yoga
• The Country Holidays
• The Westin Hotel
• Alpha Dental Clinic
• Mr Willis Restaurant
• The Starwood Hotels & Resorts
And thank you to all members and guests of the Shanghai Racquet Club for their unstinting support of the You Dao Foundation!

The eleventh Mr Willis Dinner

The eleventh Mr Willis Dinner was held last Sunday evening, 8th November, at the Mr Willis

2015 You Dao Sports Day

On November 7th, 2015, You Dao hosted the Migrant Children Sports Day at the Shanghai Rugby Football Club.
Shanghai experienced torrential rainfall in the morning and many thought the Sports Day would be cancelled. However, the weather luckily cleared up and the games were on!
The You Dao staff and volunteers arrived at the rugby club early to setup. You Dao friends from 7 companies from different industries formed 10 teams with more than 100 adult volunteers in total. Each participant received a You Dao t-shirt and then patiently waited for the children to arrive.
God seemed to smile down on the children and as they arrived the sun broke through the clouds and beautiful blue skies emerged.
Although there were a lot of people, the You Dao staff was very well organized and carefully introduced each group of children to their respective team of adult volunteers. After the 10 teams were divided, You Dao’s Chairman Compton announced the start of the games.
The Rugby Club coaches setup 5 different games for the groups: football, baseball, soccer, dodge ball, and cricket. For many of the children, this was their first time playing any of these different games. The coaches designed the games so they would be fun and simple and allow the children to bond with their adult teammates. The teams rotated through every game to experience all different types of fun.
Many of the adult volunteers were company owners, executives, and employees but on this day they forgot those roles and played like joyful children with their migrant children teammates.
Playing with the children allowed many of the parent volunteers to remember what it was like to play with their kids and allowed the younger volunteers who are not yet parents to experience what it is like to be a parent. The children also had a great time learning these new games and enthusiastically tried their best at each new sport.
The children and volunteers ran around for hours trying the new sports. At 4pm the gong sounded signaling the end of the exhausting sports activities.
After leaving the playing fields, everyone gather inside for dinner. The children lined up to grab dinner and the volunteers helped to serve them food.
After dinner, the children lined up to get back on the buses. Many of the volunteers followed them to the bus to say their goodbyes. The volunteers wished them luck and told them to “study hard!” and “listen to your parents!” Though they were only together a couple of hours, the children and volunteers brought immense joy to each other’s lives.
Throughout the Sports Day the children were all very well behaved. They did not fight or litter and were very kind and respectful to the adult volunteers. They did a great job representing all migrant worker’s children.
The hundred children's happy faces were hard to forget and brought great joy to the volunteers and staff of You Dao. Seeing the children so happy made them realize their hard work was worth the effort.
A special thank you to all of the volunteers and the companies who helped make this event possible, including:
Boston Scientific
Nexans (China) Wires & Cables Co., Ltd.
LIXIL Water Technology Group
Shanghai Feng Tao Development Limited
Fast Fish
Elite Residences
Peninsula Hotel
Camenae Asia for wine sponsorship
Shanghai Rugby Football Club
A special thank you to all of the volunteers. Thank you to all of the You Dao staff for your support. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Lend Lease Corporation Chung Yeung Retirement Home Activity

On October 21st, with the help of You Dao, Lend Lease Corporation sent 26 volunteers and 40 children to the Fengxian nursing home to celebrate Chung Yeung Festival.
At 1:30pm, the activities started as the volunteers and children were separated into two groups, with one group going off to design cards for the grandparents. Under the guidance of the volunteers, the children let their imaginations run wild, as they used scissors and other tools to design their artistic greeting cards. Meanwhile, another group of volunteers and children were busy keeping the nursing home residents company by talking with them as they combed their hair, cut their nails, and provided them with companionship.
At 2:20pm, the children could not wait any longer and presented the nursing home residents with their very own greeting cards. All of the grandparents were very touched and could feel the love of all of the children.
After they presented the cards, the children and volunteers performed several songs and dances for the nursing home residents. The children and volunteers performed a song called “Little Apple” to start off the show. The nursing home residents were all very impressed by the performances.
The volunteers then presented each nursing home resident with a small gift. Everyone then gathered for a group photo to remember the great event.
The little children brought great joy and vitality to the residents of the nursing home. They love to see little children like their grandchildren stop by and spend time with them. Thank you to Lend Lease for helping organizing this great event to celebrate Chung Yeung festival.

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