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About Us

Shanghai Sunrise (SHSR) raises funds for high school, university and college scholarships to Shanghai area students from poor, working families.

Established in 1996, we are a not for profit volunteer-led organization under the auspices of the Shanghai Charity Foundation.

Our mission is to equip disadvantaged students through education; to lift themselves out of poverty; achieve fulfilling careers and be inspired to give back to the community.

Shanghai Sunrise is a not-for-profit volunteer-led organisation under the auspices of the Shanghai Charity Foundation. The Executive Committee reports to a Board of Directors, who meet regularly throughout the year.

As Shanghai Sunrise is governed and managed by volunteers we are able to channel 100% of scholarship funds to our students. Overhead costs are funded by donations, products sales and through our annual fundraiser.

Board of Directors

Beecher Ashley-Brown

As the Managing Director of AJINGA, a company that helps match graduates with employment opportunities at leading companies, Beecher finds it enormously satisfying to see students graduate from SHSR. They form a truly virtuous cycle of education and empowerment – graduating, finding employment and then returning to sponsor the next generation of students. AJINGA has played a crucial role enabling SHSR students to understand their personal strengths and provide career advice to help them prepare themselves for the future. Beecher became a student sponsor more than a decade ago and brings unique insights to student development.

“Volunteering and sponsoring for Shanghai Sunrise has been a most rewarding experience – I have learned so much from our fellow volunteers, sponsors and students. The greatest gratification comes from the fact that our students have become sponsors, and thus the work is perpetuated.”

Wendy Landy
Executive Director

Wendy Landy joined Shanghai Sunrise in June 2016 as Executive Director. In this role she is accountable for leadership and management of all aspects of the organization’s day-to-day operations including fundraising, sponsorship recruitment and development, internal and external stakeholder relationships, staff recruitment and retention and developing and executing the strategic plan.

Wendy has a broad background in marketing, brand strategy, event management and leadership of not for profit organizations. She is passionate about creating positive outcomes for the stakeholders she serves, in particular where those outcomes enable people to change their lives for the better.

In addition to her career interests, Wendy enjoys art, travel, reading, yoga and being involved with her large, geographically diverse extended family.

Rita Boyle

bio to come…

Xavier Leroi

Xavier is the Managing Director of WWL group in China. He has lived in several countries and was active with providing education for underprivileged kids in Africa.
He has also served in several boards of Non Profit and For-Profit organizations. Xavier believes that the education of kids should be our first priority to make our world a better place.

“One child, one teacher, one book , one pencil can change the world” —
Malala Yousafzai.

Astrid Krehan

Astrid has worked in Asia, Europe and the US. She has been an owner of a Lichtenstein science company and served on various company/association boards in Europe and the US. Throughout her carrier in business development, Astrid has been very involved in the fields of Chinese science and education. She holds a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry and is a strong believer in education. With her move to Shanghai in early 2014, she took the opportunity to join the EC committee of Shanghai Sunrise to actively help change the world for young Chinese seeking further education. Her goal is to ensure a consistent support stream for Chinese students in need.

“Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference.”–Claire Fagin

Frances O’Rourke

As a long time China resident (10+ years but who’s counting!) Frances, while experiencing this “Socialist with Chinese characteristics” phenomenon as a business person, a student, a SHSR volunteer and sponsor has seen that those who are still in line to get rich and indeed working hard often need a helping hand or they are left behind. SHSR has made a huge difference in people’s lives, being a part of it and leaving behind a legacy like this is a fabulous feeling.

“We should let some people get rich first, both in the countryside and in the urban areas. To get rich by hard work is glorious.” –Deng Xiao Ping

Julie Chu

Julie is our longest serving volunteer. She became involved with SHSR from its foundation and had played a key role in our development. When she began, SHSR was an informal group of volunteers, and she was part of the creation of the first executive committee and the creation of the board of trustees where she served as the first chairman. She retired from her in career in travel and tourism three years ago and remains an active SHSR volunteer at board-level and in fundraising. Having been such a prominent part of our growth in the past, Julie is committed to our growth into the future fulfilling our mission to support Shanghai students in need.

“Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire.” –William Butler Yeats

Suzanne Taylor

Suzanne is executive Vice President of Sales Operations for Jaguar Land Rover China, a global luxury car company. She brings considerable commercial and general management skills to aid the generation of appropriate short term and long term strategies for SHSR. She has worked in various roles as a volunteer, including being Chair of a social housing group in the UK which provides housing and life skills to groups of people neglected by normal government supported housing and supports fund raising for the Udayan charity in India which provides a home, medical and educational support for children with leprosy or from families with leprosy. Her ambition at SHSR is to help develop a long term sustainable support model to allow as many young people as possible to have access to education.

“Ensuring that students graduate from high school, college and university not only helps the student and family but our community at large. Higher education means lower crime rates, faster progress and a better workforce pool for companies.”

Christine Boado

Christine’s involvement with Shanghai Sunrise started when she attended the charity gala in 2013. She started out by sponsoring a student, then became more involved doing some graphic design on behalf of the communications department. Since then, she has been a part of the Executive Committee helping out with branding, marketing and communications for the charity. She has worked in the past as a writer, editor, teacher, and college admissions counselor and acknowledges the importance of education in today’s world. She is currently a Marketing Director in Shanghai.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” –Nelson Mandela

Dear Sponsors, Volunteers and Friends of Shanghai Sunrise

Welcome our website! We are very pleased to present an updated view of Shanghai Sunrise in our 20th year of helping Shanghai students.

Since our origin in 1996, SHSR has helped thousands of underprivileged students to overcome difficult circumstances and graduate from high school and college. The board members, our volunteers and I all remain committed to our vision of assisting deserving and motivated students to achieve their educational goals, and we are determined to help thousands more still yet to come.

Of course, our sponsors make it all possible, and I thank each and every sponsor – past and present – for their willingness to support our deserving students. Our sponsors are at the heart of our commitment to provide one-to-one sponsor-student relationships and devoting 100% of scholarship funds to students is our way of sharing with them the joy of helping a young person overcome challenges. United in our shared view that education enables students to become happy and constructive members of their communities, our sponsors have helped thousands of students go on to become contributing citizens. The longstanding commitment of so many sponsors to SHSR is real testament to the partnerships we have created, and the results are truly gratifying.

Our volunteers also deserve special thanks. Devoting 100% of scholarship funds to our students sets a high bar, it takes great volunteers to make that happen. Forming a dedicated team and reaching out to the Shanghai community, our volunteers allow us to visit and interview all students that receive scholarships, match sponsors with appropriate students, manage funds responsibly, and ensure that sponsors get timely information on their student’s progress. We have a great team, and we are always looking for new volunteers to join us to share our friendships, fun and commitment to helping students in need.

Beecher Ashley-Brown
July 2016