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SPOTLIGHT platform respectively. We also have new partners such as FunwithKids offering social media support. Educating Girls of Rural China (www.egrc.ca) As the official charity recipient of the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, EGRC’s cause matches Ivy’s perfectly. They are dedicated to supporting girls from rural western China, whose needs often take a back seat to those of their brothers. Since its founding in 2005, they have helped fund the high school or college education of over 1,000 students, with a 99% graduation rate. Our goal is to raise 54,000 RMB for EGRC to help fund the high school tuition fees for three deserving students. Dew Drops Little Flowers (https://www.dewdropslittleflower.org) To be abandoned as a young child is already heartbreaking. To be abandoned and suffer from a medical condition is almost cause for complete despair. But Dew Drops Little Flowers provides a helping hand for these children. In operation since 2016, Dew Drops’ small but dedicated team has helped hundreds of children, with 127 abandoned children receiving specialized care last year. Our goal is to raise 100,000 RMB for Dew Drops from our charity concert. Sixty thousand RMB will provide the transport and a personal 24/7 caretaker for 10 children to travel to Beijing for medical attention. The remaining forty thousand RMB will cover the medical procedures for two children, so that they may become eligible for adoption and find their forever home. Our target for the evening: 154,000 RMB . It’s How the Community Comes Together Once the decision was made to host a charity concert, all of our previous partners have been beyond enthusiastic in re-affirming their support again. The Four Seasons Hotel Beijing did not hesitate to offer their ballroom once again. Our old friends Truerun Media and Yoopay will again be providing complimentary media sponsorship and their ticketing/silent auction online Daystar Academy Spring/Summer Edition 2019 But most importantly, it’s our own families who are extending such a great helping hand. Both Ivy and Daystar families are generously donating for our silent auction, and many have expressed their keen desire to purchase a concert ticket. We are so incredibly grateful for the warmth and heart, and are confident that with all of your support, we will be able to reach our target of 154,000 RMB. It’s for Our Children Finally, education does not encompass only academics, far from it. We firmly believe that it’s never too young for our students to learn about life; for them to realize how lucky they are that they are healthy, that they are loved, that they have access to amazing education and life experiences. We want to help them learn not to take things for granted and to develop empathy. For our students to learn all of that, we as an organization need to a. “walk the talk” because children learn by example and b. provide them with opportunities to encounter real life situations, and a chance to also make a difference. At the charity concert, our students will be supporting the event by performing, volunteering as ushers, taking care of a group of senior citizens who will be our VIP guests at our event and more. In addition, a group of Daystar middle school students will also be auctioning an art piece that they will have personally created to help raise funds. Letting these students actively be a part of this evening, and making real and meaningful contributions will help them realize that they can, from a very young age, make an impact; that they can make a difference. And that is why we do, what we do.