The Rotary Club of Shanghai Held its 4th Annual Gala Dinner and Changing Lives Leadership Awards

[Shanghai, 18 June 2014] 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, Kashin-Beck Disease, and Percy Chu Scholarships.

On 7 June approximately 240 guests gathered at the Swissotel Grand’s prestigious ballroom in Shanghai to recognize the outstanding leaders in the community Leadership Awards.  The event raised more than RMB 438,590 net proceeds from the gala dinner, silent auction, and raffle.  The proceeds will be used to support Gift of Life surgeries, Kashin-Beck Disease, and Percy Chu Scholarships.

Sue Maguire, leadership awards co-chair and vice 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.

Mrs. Maguire explained, “The Rotary Club of Shanghai started the annual Rotary Leadership Awards in 2011 with the intention to bring awareness of and celebrate those organizations and individuals who are truly Changing Lives.  This year we added a separate category for students and this attracted a lot of additional interest.”

The Rotary Leadership awards are open to all companies, non-profits, individuals, and students with active programs in China.  The 2014 award winners were selected from a strong field of more than 60 submissions in the corporate, nonprofit, individual, and student categories.  The award winners were selected according to each program or project’s design, implementation, and impact.  Mrs. Maguire said “Each year the awards grow in terms of nominees, quality of applications, and attendees to our dinners.  Support for this event and Rotary charities in continuing to grow.”

The Rotary Club of Shanghai 2014 individual category winners are:

3rd place – Cynthia Lin from Cardinal Health, and working with Roots and Shoots, raised money to provide nutritional support for a whole migrant school of 1,000 pupils

2nd place – Kelvin Wickham from Fonterra, led and implemented a CSR program that provided training to rural health workers to care for women who are pregnant and for their infants

1st place – Zhu Changqing set up an organization in 2002 to support people with neuromuscular disease.  The organization has a database of over 100,000 patients throughout China, providing support, information and assistance


The Rotary Club of Shanghai 2014 student category winners are:

3rd place – West Region Attached Association of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou

3rd place – Teaching Volunteers Association in Southwest Petroleum University, Chengdu

2nd place – West Dream society at Xiamen University

1st place – TECC Summer Institute from Tsinghua University


The Rotary Club of Shanghai 2014 non-profit category winners are:

3rd place – Charyou Youth Service Center which works to preserve the cultures of minority peoples in China

2nd place – Kashin-Beck Disease Fund an organization that works to eradicate a disease which causes significant problems with mobility and growth for the children affected.  This organization provides food supplements to children and pregnant women and builds green houses in areas that normally would not be able to sustain farms throughout the winter

1st place – Roots & Shoots an organization that works to reverse deforestation in Mongolia


The Rotary Club of Shanghai 2014 corporate winners are:

3rd place – Netspring Social Enterprise a company that set itself up as a social enterprise to recycle used computers for donations to school classrooms

2nd place – Bayer (China) for its Rural Development Program that improves the lives of inhabitants of four villages in Wanzhou, Chongqing

1st place – Community Roots China for its gift bag project for children.  A total of over 11,000 children in 2013 received bags in 2013

Tara Strunk, Chair of the Rotary Leadership Awards event and a Rotarian commented, “During the past six months the all volunteer team of more than 15 Rotarians, friends of Rotary, and students came together to spend our weekends and evenings volunteering to help change lives in China.  In fact, this is how our team created this year’s theme.  Each year we are thrilled to learn about organizations, individuals, and companies that are working to improve the lives of people in the communities in China.”

The Leadership Awards were supported by the European, British, Australian, Spanish, German, Canadian, and American Chambers of Commerce in Shanghai and the New Zealand’s Global Network (kea).


Media Contact:

Tara Strunk, cell: 158 2159-7951 or


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 through 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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