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Volunteering in Beijing, China

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

On the 18 January 2019, I went to the Chenguang Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Centre for Children in Beijing, China, to make dumplings for the children with difficulties. The XiaoYa charity group holds the activity, and  dumpling making happens every Friday.

The activity began at 7am and the volunteers are in charge of all the procedures in making the dumpling, from cutting vegetables, making the skin of dumplings, putting them together and cooking them. In the end, we had more skin than filling, so we had some decorations made from flour and made muffins instead of dumplings.

The division of work was important in the activity since there were lots of work for us to do. Therefore time management is needed, a group of people made the filling while the others made the skin. We all needed to communicate so we could do the work efficiently.

The whole point of this activity was to bring warmth to the children with difficulties. I used to do similar activities in China, like teaching children to speak and play with them. The rehabilitation centre can't get much attention from the government in China, so the power of volunteers are needed. I also saw a boy who I met and played with three years ago. It was nice to see him growing up healthy, although he may not remember me.

Raymond Wang
Year 12 IB Student


Fundraising Dinner for Amnesty International

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Over the past three months I have organised and initiated a fundraising dinner for my fellow IB students to raise money and awareness for Amnesty International. We successfully raised over $350 that will go towards fighting for humanitarian rights worldwide. I cooked and served a three course meal for everyone and was given the opportunity to discuss why I decided to host this dinner and how it impacts everyone in our community.

Amnesty International is a non-government organisation aimed at the enforcement of universal human-rights world-wide. They do this by researching and exposing corruption or injustices to provoke positive changes in communities. The organisation is entirely without religious, political or economic interest with the primary goal of universal justice. I felt this to be a very impactful organisation with the genuine ability to influence positive change across the world which is why I chose to support them. I have always been very interested in global politics and am eager to have the ability to influence change in a significant way.

Zoe Ogilvie
Year 12 IB Student