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Hats for Haiti    

March 1, 2010

While many of us were still savouring the joy of the holidays with positive outlook for the coming year of 2010, it was quite a different story for the people in Haiti as they were greeted to the new year with a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake on January 12. In the wake of the great natural calamity, we in true Yew Chung style set about fundraising for the earthquake relief.

On February 4, students and staff of YCIS Beijing arrived at school in their usual uniform of heavy coats, hats, scarves and gloves against the cold weather, but unlike most days, after the coats, scarves and gloves came off, the hats remained. This was to show mourning for those died in the earthquake in Haiti.
Each student paid a minimum of RMB 10 yuan to wear their hat. The total amount raised was RMB 7,327 yuan, which will be donated to Free The Children (www.freethechildren.com) who promised to match the figure raised. Therefore the total donation for the Haitians will be RMB 14, 654 yuan.

The event was organised by the Global Issues Club who also raised awareness of the tragedy in Haiti through presentations at the Secondary assembly. The event was publicised throughout the school by some very effective posters designed by Year 8 and 9 students.


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