SHEN was glad to have been part of Love without Boundaries, an annual charity event organised by Beacon of Love. Beacon of Love is a Shanghai Expatriate Organisation that supports children suffering from Congenital Heart Disease. Love without Boundaries is a charity carnival that raises funds for these children so that can live healthy lives and have a brighter future.
As part of the carnival, SHEN helped to run and facilitate the game stalls in the charity carnival, ranging from mini-fishing pond, mini-golf, chap teh, nerf gun, basketball shooting and a booth of mystery gifts!
We had a really fun and fulfilling time, because not only were we given the opportunity to run the games, but to bring joy and fun to the families that participated in the carnival. For many families, the carnival was a family outing and it was certainly very endearing to watch how father and son bond over a game of chap teh, and to watch how the young are so relentless in their attempts to get a game right. It was tiring but it was rewarding to see all the happy faces of the children and to also know that with each contribution made, it gives a child out there a better future through better health. Thus, being part of this charity carnival was also a good opportunity for SHEN to set aside time and come together to give something back to society, to love without boundaries!
We would really like to thank Beacon of Love for giving us the chance to be part of their carnival.
With that, I present to you the 17th and 18th SHEN batch!
The organisers for Beacon-of-Love invited SHEN students from the top 3 booths which attracted the most number of participants for an Appreciation Lunch held in Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel. The booth which attracted the highest number of participants was the mystery box booth manned by Seah Kay Siong and Lee Lixuan from the 18th Batch. Coincidentally, both of them are also housemates and colleagues interning at House of Flour. For this ‘mystery box’ booth, participants pay tickets to have a try to ‘uncover hidden prizes’ in the boxes. The prizes ranged from KFC vouchers to little accessories.
Second in line was the nerf gun booth manned by Dexter Sim and Wang Shuxian. The booth had many small figures which participants would have to gun down using the nerf guns. The guns were contributed by a small boy (8 years old) who wished to share his love with others and contribute a part to charitable causes. The booth attracted several young gun shooting enthusiasts.
Last but not least, we have the water balloons booth manned by Abriel Ang and Justin Wong. Originally, the participant were supposed to fish for water balloons in an inflatable pool. However, to make the game even more interesting, our SHEN students decided up ‘sacrifice’ their handsome faces. The way they went about doing so, was to cut out the face from a poster and put their own faces into the gap. They then challenged participants to dunk the water balloons onto them. This is indeed the epitome of entrepreneurship whereby ‘innovation was generated from limited on-hand resources’.
The winners were acknowledged for their contributions and had a hearty enjoyable lunch, courtesy from the organisers of Beacon of Love. All other SHEN students who helped out in the event were also given a token of appreciation by the organisers. It was indeed a meaningful and enriching event and extended the significance of our 1-year stint in Shanghai beyond work and study.
Pictures from the thank-you lunch:
Chanelle and Dexter from the Nerf Gun booth receiving their token of appreciation from the Beacon of Love committee.
From left: Justin, Dexter, Abriel, Amanda, Shuxian, Hammie and Weijie.
The lovely and passionate Beacon of Love committee together with (a part of) SHEN.
SHEN would like to thank Beacon of Love for allowing us to be part of this meaningful and fun-filled event, and we hope that we will have many more projects together in future!