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2017 AmCham Ball To Support Shanghai Sunrise

AmCham Shanghai’s Annual Ball returns on Saturday, 15 April 2017 at the Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai. This year’s theme takes guests on a stroll along the majestic city skylines of LA and the palm tree lined Boulevard of Dreams. Join AmCham Shanghai’s members and friends as they dance and drink the night away in a land filled with fun, excitement and adventure!

Tickets for the event can be purchased on the AmCham website.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to AmCham Shanghai for selecting Shanghai Sunrise as one of their charity beneficiaries for this event. Their donation will be used to launch our new Student Support Program, set to launch in July 2017, which comes in response to many calls from Shanghai Sunrise students seeking emotional and psychological support. Students sponsored by Shanghai Sunrise come from backgrounds of unimaginable hardship, living in households affected by extreme poverty, addiction, chronic or terminal illness and various other issues. They often need additional support as they navigate their way through these serious issues. To address this, we will begin working in partnership with local mental health and education professionals to implement a program of support that will include such free student services as: guidelines on study techniques, exam preparation, strategies for coping with stress and maintaining emotional well-being as well as providing an intermediary between students and appropriate helpline services.

Thank you, AmCham for all your support!

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Previous Post: “It’s Back! Take Your Student To Lunch Day Returns Saturday, 22 April 2017”

It’s Back! Take Your Student To Lunch Day Returns Saturday, 22 April 2017
Take Your Student To Lunch Day 2016

Take Your Student To Lunch Day 2016

One of the most rewarding aspects of sponsoring a student is getting to know them personally and seeing firsthand how your generosity has positively affected their lives, as well as the lives of their families and communities. Each year, we work with a hotel partner to host a fun and engaging buffet lunch and invite current sponsors to join their students to bond over games, activities, great food and more. 

This year’s event is generously hosted by the Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai and will take place on Saturday, 22 April 2017 between midday and 2:00pm. Lunch is priced at RMB 200 per person, and we ask that sponsors pay for their student’s lunch. 

We are expecting around 100 sponsors and students to attend the event, so please RVSP before Thursday, 30 March 2017 to reserve your place. To RSVP, please email admin@shanghaisunrise.com.

Best wishes,
The Team at Shanghai Sunrise

Directions - Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai

Directions – Andaz Xintiandi, Shanghai

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Previous Post: “How We’re Celebrating International Women’s Day”

How We’re Celebrating International Women’s Day

On 8 March, millions of women from around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day and here at Shanghai Sunrise we will be right alongside them. Whilst China leads the world in providing opportunities for women in many ways, women in China still face a complex situation regarding their aspirations, actual roles and society’s expectations of them. There is an underlying tone of inequality in society that is particularly pervasive amongst the less-advantaged communities.

Since 2011, 60% of the students we have supported have been female and we still encounter gender bias when it comes to education. We continue to work with the local government and social workers to support equal access to quality education for all, regardless of gender. 

To quote Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. Ambassador for Women’s Global Issues, “Women are the most effective investment that can be made in terms of development…Women’s progress in any place is progress for our world.”

To mark this important occasion, we chose to celebrate IWD by asking our volunteers to think about some of the modern-day conveniences created by innovative, forward-thinking women. Without further ado, here is our shortlist of creations developed by the unsung women who helped to change our world for the better.

Best wishes,
The Team at Shanghai Sunrise

1. The Car Heater
We all owe our thanks to Margaret A Wilcox who invented the car heater in 1893! (Margaret also invented a combined clothes and dishwasher).

2. Monopoly
This popular board game was designed by Elizabeth Magie in 1904, originally called the Landlord’s Game. The purpose of this game was to expose the injustices of unchecked capitalism. Her game was ripped off by Charles Darrow who sold it to Parker Brothers 30 years later. However Parker Brothers later paid Elizabeth $500 for her game. Gee Thanks!

3. The Fire Escape
The fire escape was invented by Anna Connelly in 1887.

4. The Life Raft
The lifesaving Life Raft was invented by Maria Beasely in 1882. (Maria also invented a machine that makes barrels).

5. Residential Solar Heating
Solar heating for residential housing was invented by Dr Maria Telkes in 1947. Dr. Telkes was a Psychiatrist in addition to being a Solar-Power Pioneer.

6. The Medical Syringe
The medical syringe which could be operated with only one hand was invented by a woman by the name of Letitia Geer in 1899.

7. The Modern Electric Refrigerator
The electric refrigerator was invented by Florence Parpart in 1914 (Florence also invented an improved street cleaning machine in addition to the refrigerator).

8. The Ice Cream Maker
The ice cream maker was invented by a woman named Nancy Johnson in 1843. Her patented design is still used today!

9. The Computer Algorithm
Ada Lovelace is essentially the first computer programmer due to her work with Charles Babbage at the University of London in 1842. In fact her notes were an essential key to helping Alan Turing’s work on the first modern computers in the 1940s.

10. Telecommunications Technology
Some of the Telecommunication Technology developed by Dr Shirley Jackson include portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fibre optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting.

11. The Dishwasher
The Dishwasher was invented by Josephine Cochrane in 1887. Before her time, she even marketed her machine to hotel owners and even opened her own factory without the help of a man!

12. Wireless Transmission Technology
Hedy Lamarr, a world famous film star, invented a secret communications system during World War II for radio-controlling torpedoes. This Technology also paved the way for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS.

13. Closed-Circuit Television Security (CCTV)
Marie Van Brittan Brown invented CCTV because of the slow response of police officers in 1969 to help people ensure their own security. This invention influenced modern CCTV systems used for home security and police work today.

14. The Modern Paper Bag
Margaret Knight invented a machine that makes square bottomed paper bags in 1871. She almost didn’t get credit when Charles Anan tried to steal her work claiming that it wasn’t possible for a woman to create this brilliant invention. (Margaret also invented a safety device for cotton mills when she was 12… that invention is still being used today).

15. Central Heating
Although Alice Parker’s invention in 1919 of a gas powered central heater was never manufactured, her idea was the first that allowed for using natural gas to heat a home, inspiring the central heating systems used today.

16. Kevlar
This life-saving material that is 5 times stronger than steel and used to make bulletproof vests was invented in 1965 by Stephanie Kwolek.

17. Computer Software
Dr Grace Murray Hopper was a computer scientist that invented COBOL which is the first user-friendly business computer software system in the 1940’s. She was also a rear admiral in the U.S. navy and the first person to use the term “bug” in reference to a glitch in a computer system when she literally found a bug (moth) causing problems with her computer.

18. Beer
According to Beer Historian Jane Peyton Mesopotamian women were the first to develop, sell, and even drink beer.

We hope you enjoyed this post. This is just a small sample of the many incredible women who have impacted our lives – please let us know who inspired you by commenting down below!

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Previous Post: “We’re Hiring!”

We’re Hiring!

Shanghai Sunrise is currently searching for a motivated Administrative Assistant to join our full-time team!

If you think you have what it takes to make a difference within your community, or you know someone who does, please view the job description below. To apply, send your CV and cover letter in English to executive.director@shanghaisunrise.com or apply online.

Skills & Qualifications:

Native Chinese preferred with proficiency in English written and verbal communication. College degree or at least two years administration experience. Reporting skills, administrative writing skills, Microsoft Office skills, managing processes, organization, analyzing Information, professionalism, problem solving, inventory control.

Duties & Responsibilities:

– Management of day-to-day workflow including email, post, and telephone calls.
– Conduct basic accounting and book keeping duties including issuing invoices, cash management, office expenses, reconciling reports etc.
– Database management and data entry of students and sponsor information.
– Administrative support to Executive Director and Executive Committee members as required.
– Assist coordination of events such as Pairing Ceremony, Careers Day, field visits, markets and bazaars.
– Maintain close working relationships with local Shanghai districts and SCF to ensure funds to students are processed when required.
– Maintain SHSR branded products and merchandise inventory.
– Manage volunteer register.
– Provide translation Chinese: English (written and oral) where required.
– Attend social or community events on evenings or weekends where possible.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Previous Post: “Design Republic Invites Shanghai Sunrise Supporters To The Festival Of Design”

Design Republic Invites Shanghai Sunrise Supporters To The Festival Of Design

We are delighted to announce that the team at Design Republic would like to invite Shanghai Sunrise supporters to their annual Festival of Design.

The two-week festival (7 March to 9 April 2017) aims to gather together the design community in an exciting and unexpected way and to emphasise the open, interdisciplinary and innovative character of design. The venue for the event is Design Republic’s “Commune” in the heart of Shanghai. The stunning building is a former Victorian-style police station, which was converted by internationally acclaimed architects Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu. Like the festival, this special location is about the relationship between people and everyday objects, the discovery of beauty in everyday things.

To RSVP, please follow the instructions on the invitation below. We hope to see you there!

Thank you to Design Republic for their generosity.

Invitation - Festival of Design - 2017

Tickets Now On Sale For The St. Patrick’s Day Ball 2017!

We are pleased to announce that The St. Patrick’s Day Ball has kindly selected Shanghai Sunrise to be one of this year’s charitable benefactors. Proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will be donated to support our 2017 sponsorship program and we extend our sincere thanks in advance to the organizers and donors for their extraordinary generosity.

Organised by the Shanghai Ireland Association and held at the Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai, the annual St. Patrick’s Day Ball is a highlight of the Shanghai social calendar and, as always, promises a memorable evening of traditional Irish music, fun and philanthropy. 

Tickets are now on sale! To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style at one of the most anticipated black-tie events of the year, please email brendanbrophy@hotmail.com or kagsoneill@msn.com.

We hope to see you there!

Best wishes,

The Shanghai Sunrise Team

Click here to download the invitation

Invitation to The St. Patrick Ball, Pudong Shangri-La

Previous Post: “Greatest Love under the Sky” Event Finale on Saturday, 7 January 2017

Shanghai Sunrise Participates in 23rd Annual “Greatest Love Under The Sky”

Our sincere thanks goes to the Shanghai Charity Foundation (SCF) for making Shanghai Sunrise a part of their 23rd annual “Greatest Love under the Sky” event. We are delighted to report that the SCF successfully raised RMB 170 million from the public during the city’s year-end month-long charity event.

Shanghai Charity Foundation Event

“Greatest Love under the Sky” concluded with a grand event on Saturday, 7 January 2017.

Shanghai Charity Foundation Invites Shanghai Sunrise Volunteers

Shanghai Sunrise staff members, Kelly and Laura attend the grand finale.

Eight major partners including the SCF were involved in the event, which donated RMB 98 million and in-kind gifts to around 186,000 needy people.

On Saturday morning, 80 private business owners donated over RMB 5 million to the foundation’s four-year-old fund to finance 50 poverty and disaster relief programs. Thousands of volunteers were also on the city’s streets seeking donations for the foundation, including 700 high school pupils and international students from the Shanghai Foreign Studies University.

The campaign’s finale took place on Saturday, 7 January with a grand event that was televised across China. As part of the televised activities our Chairman, Beecher Ashley-Brown, was invited to say a few words on the event and the subject of charity in China.

Shanghai Sunrise Chairman Filmed During "Greatest Love under the Sky" Event

Beecher Ashley-Brown, Chairman of Shanghai Sunrise, speaks about charity in China for the Shanghai Charity Foundation’s “Greatest Love under the Sky” event.

He said, “In China, there is a powerful vision of a better world for our children and our fellow man. More and more people are coming together to generously donate their time, their money and their skills towards the shared value of equality for all; a society in which every person has access to education, shelter, food and love, regardless of age, gender or wealth. But there is more to be done, and the Shanghai Charity Foundation and “Greatest Love under the Sky” are leading the way to help make the change in the world that we all wish to see. Giving young people access to education remains key to breaking the cycle of poverty; to empower them to realise fulfilling careers, attain greater life opportunities and become a positive force within their community. We are honoured to continue working in partnership with the SCF and the Shanghai community to achieve our goal of providing all young people with access to quality education.”

Shanghai Sunrise is proud to operate under the auspices of the Shanghai Charity Foundation. To learn more about the foundation, please visit the SCF website.

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New Students Welcomed At Shanghai Sunrise’s 21st Annual Pairing Ceremony

We were all delighted to gather at the Hilton Shanghai on 27 November for our Annual Pairing Ceremony to welcome 83 new high school and university students to our higher education scholarship programme.

Shanghai Sunrise 21st Annual Pairing Ceremony

Our new Shanghai Sunrise scholarship recipients gathered for a group photo after a day of fun and bonding with their generous scholarship sponsors.

Held every year since 1996, this heartfelt ceremony provides an opportunity for students and sponsors to meet each other for the first time. It is the start of a three-year, or in some cases a seven-year relationship between student and sponsor. Many sponsors support their student beyond the initial 12 months, providing financial support until their student graduates from university.

Our Executive Director, Wendy Landy, opened the ceremony by welcoming guests and thanking sponsors and students for attending, acknowledging that the majority of students travel over two hours by bus to the venue. During her opening address she said, “Education is the common theme that brings us together today. We would not be here if we did not believe in the importance of education”. She added, “Shanghai Sunrise is very proud to enable people – such as everybody here today – to come together to celebrate education’s life changing impact”.

We were also thrilled to welcome one of our former students to the stage, Tao Jun Hua. He delivered an inspiring address to the new students, reminding them to work hard and embrace all the opportunities that the scholarship offers them. He said, “Being a sponsored student gave me a generous heart and encouraged me to give back to society”. Tao was sponsored from Grade 10 until graduating from university in 2013. He has been an active volunteer and is now a sponsor of his own Shanghai Sunrise student.

Our new Shanghai Sunrise scholarship recipients gathered for a group photo after a day of fun and bonding with their generous scholarship sponsors.

Students were introduced to their sponsors for the first time and invited to bond with them over afternoon tea and games.

Following the speeches, we all came together to enjoy afternoon tea followed by a series of games to encourage all our new students and sponsors to bond and interact. We also had some of our fabulous Volunteer Translators on hand to help the conversation flow. The ceremony concluded with a lucky draw and group photography.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered on the day to make this event a great success, and to our wonderful partners, Hilton Shanghai and St James Wealth Management.

Whilst this was a very happy day for all involved, it is important to remember that these 83 students represent only a small number of the financially disadvantaged applicants who reach out to us each year. Currently, the need for scholarships outweighs the number that we have to provide. But you can change this! To learn more about becoming a sponsor, please click here.

Irish Ball a Great Success for Shanghai Sunrise!

This year the St. Patrick’s Charity Ball selected Shanghai Sunrise to be the charitable benefactor. Proceeds from the raffle and silent auction were donated to support the organization. Held on March 19 at the Pudong Shangri-la, over 750 guests enjoyed an evening of fun and philanthropy. Our extreme thanks to Brendan Brophy and his team for making such a difference in the nonprofit community!



2015 Pairing Ceremony Recap

Another successful Pairing Ceremony was held on Sunday November 22 at the Hilton Hotel in Jing’an. Over 200 students, sponsors, volunteers and staff members came together to celebrate the difference an education makes in our lives. Pictures were taken, games were played and connections were made.

Our thanks goes out to the Hilton Hotel for sponsoring this event for the 20th year in a row and to Visteon for providing the prizes to our students. We also thank: Ding Lao Shi for leading the student selection process for 20 years; Shanghai Charity Foundation for their in-kind program support and the Shanghai Social Workers and Street Committee members for their help in identifying students who are in need.

Chongming Island students on the Hilton Hotel staircase.

Chongming Island students on the Hilton Hotel staircase.

Ice-breaker game at the Pairing Ceremony

Ice-breaker game at the Pairing Ceremony