A group of local teens is raising funds towards a service trip planned for this summer to assist at several orphanages in Southern China.
The teens, who belong to the North West branch of non-profit group Families with Children from China (FCC), are looking for local support to allow them to provide support to children currently living in orphanages in Nanjing, Yangzhou, Xiamen, and Zhongshan.
Three of the volunteers, Jessie, Mara, and Zhao Hui, were adopted from China around 2000 and are taking part in The Red Thread Trip to give back to other children who were less fortunate than them.
Check out the fundraising video that the teens put together below:
“I really hope to make a difference, even if just a small one, in the kids’ lives,” says Jessie, a freshman at Ingraham High School and a resident of North Beach.
Mara, a junior a Shorecrest High School, is also looking forward to being a part of the trip. “I am excited to go back to China and see the country where I’m from! I am also looking forward to helping the kids in orphanages, it will be awesome to meet kids like us,” says Mara.
The group of teens, and adult chaperones, are planning to spend two weeks in China over the summer, spending the majority of their time staying in dormitories at the orphanages. From 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. each day they will work in the orphanages playing, feeding and helping the Ayi’s (orphanage workers) look after the children.
“The three of us are looking forward to making a difference in our inherent communities and appreciate your contributions and support,” says eighth grader Zhao Hui who attends Open Window School.
The group have set up a Go Fund Me fundraising page to raise funds for the trip and they are looking to our local community for assistance.
“Every dollar makes a difference! Help us to give back! We thank you all for your support,” says Jesse.