The Rotary Club of Shanghai Held its 2nd Annual Gala Dinner – Apr 15, 2012

The Rotary Club of Shanghai Held its 2nd Annual Gala Dinner

[Shanghai, 15 April 2012] The Rotary Club of Shanghai held its annual Rotary Gala Dinner to recognize the socially responsible leaders of our community and to raise funds for the club’s signature project Gift of Life which provides life-saving surgeries for children across China who suffer from congenital heart disease.

On 1 April approximately 200 guests gathered at the Hilton Hotel’s prestigious ballroom in Shanghai to recognize the outstanding leaders in the community Leadership Awards. The event raised more than RMB 300,000 net proceeds from the gala dinner, silent auction, and raffle. The proceeds will be used to support Gift of Life surgeries.

(Guests on Rotary Gala Dinner)

Helmut Schneider, CEO of Messer China and the current president of the Rotary Club of Shanghai, opened the event by welcoming guests, explaining the purpose of the awards, and congratulating all the nominees for their impressive stories.

(Helmut Schneider, RCS President 11-12)

Mr. Schneider explained, “The Rotary Club of Shanghai started the annual Rotary Leadership Awards in 2011 with the intention to build a sustainable forum for recognizing outstanding efforts in community services. We hope these stories will provide inspiration for others to create their own programs.”

Mr. Schneider continued to share with the audience that “‘Service above Self’ is our club’s global motto shared by more than 1.2 million Rotarians in 34,000 clubs throughout the world. For the coming Rotary Year 2012/13, the incoming President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka, based in Saitama, Japan, selected the motto ‘Peace through Service’. As you can see, we are a focused group that works tirelessly to help build stronger communities through supporting education, clean water, combating hunger, improving health and sanitation, and polio eradication.”

The Rotary Leadership awards are open to all companies, nonprofits, and individuals with active programs in China. The 2012 award winners were selected from a strong field of more than 30 nominees in the corporate, nonprofit, and individual categories. The award winners were selected according to each program or project’s design, implementation, and impact. Mr. Schneider said, “This was my first year as a judge on the awards panel. The nominations were of an extremely high standard and I was delighted by the number and quality of entrants. The high standard of all the nominations made it extremely challenging to judge the projects. It was definitely more work than I had expected! The nominations depicted genuine stories of kindness, compassion, energy, and diversity. Each of the nominated projects was truly motivating.”

(2012 Rotary Leadership Awards winners and judges)

The Rotary Club of Shanghai 2012 non-profit category winners are:

· Morning Tears

· Wokai

· The Renewal Center

(Left 2: Signe Kuhl, Morning Tears)

Signe Kuhl from Morning Tears said, “There are so many children that are in need of this support and receiving the Rotary Leadership Award helps raise awareness for an important cause. As Morning Tears is a volunteer led organization, it is also an acknowledgment of all the hard work our volunteers put into Morning Tears.“

The Rotary Club of Shanghai 2012 corporate category winners are:

· Citi Bank – Indigenous Batik program

· Kraft Foods – Make a Delicious Difference program

· Honeywell – Safe Kids at Home Education campaign

(Left 2: Li Wang, Citi Bank China)

Li Wang, Head of Corporate Citizenship Citi China, said, “Mindful of our responsibilities, Citi remains committed to the economic empowerment and financial inclusion of low- to moderate-income individuals, families and communities, so that they can improve their standard of living.“

The Rotary Club of Shanghai 2012 individual category winners are:

· Quynh Chow – Co-founder of The Olivia’s Place

· Anchit Goel – MBA 2011 student at CEIBS

· Irving Steel – Green Drinks China

· Sherry Poon – Founder of Eco Design Fair Shanghai

· Aveleigh Gateman – General Manager at the Jump! foundation

(Left 1: Quynh Chow, The Olivia’s Place)

Quynh Chow, co-founder of The Olivia’s Place, commented, “I am pleasantly surprised that I was nominated and chosen as I think all the nominees are winners. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’, the cash proceeds will be used to expand our program and the Olivia’s Place Foundation to support children who need therapy to lead a normal life.“

Sue Maguire, Chair of the Leadership Awards event and Rotarian, commented, “During the past five months the volunteer team of more than 10 Rotarians, Rotaractors, and students were motivated by learning about so many wonderful CSR programs in China and knowing that part of the funds raised at this event will help the individual and nonprofit award winners to further enhance their programs.“

The Leadership Awards were supported by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the British Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, the Consulate General of Italy in Shanghai and New Zealand’s Global Network (kea).


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About The Rotary Club of Shanghai

The Rotary Club of Shanghai is extremely active in China in supporting various charitable and social projects. It has helped more than 330 children over the past 10 years via its project Gift of Life by paying for the patients’ heart surgeries after evaluating their health and financial needs.

Shanghai’s Rotary Club was first founded in 1919 as part of Rotary International which is the world’s largest voluntary organization with 1.2 million members and more than 34,000 clubs in 200 countries. It has no political or religious leanings and primarily relies on the financial donations and time of its members to implement community services programs throughout the world.

The Rotary Club of Shanghai always welcomes new members!

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