Last month, Chunmiao Little Flower was proud to be Morgan Stanley China’s 2014 Core Charity Partner. With the firm’s emphasis on community engagement for employees as well as children’s health, we were excited to be chosen!
Not only did the company’s employees donate funds, with 80,000 RMB raised, they were also able to make the journey out from Beijing’s city center to Shunyi, where our projects are located, to volunteer with our older children—both our Early Education Center students and our older children in Little Flower’s Group Educational Foster Care Program. We worked together to organize two fun activities for the kids—a weekend outing to a botanical garden, as well as a sports day in early June.
The Sports Day was especially exciting—with games, prizes, and fun for everyone! The day’s activities included...
Egg and spoon races!
Ming was a little nervous about dropping his egg, but he got some help from a new friend.
But like Ming, many of our kids were just holding on to their hard-boiled eggs for dear life! They didn’t want to drop what would soon be a tasty snack…
One of the tastier competitions of the day was the watermelon contest. Teachers and volunteers alike cracked open some juicy, sweet summer watermelons, and the competition began.
But the most fun to be had was definitely at the end of the day, when it was time for tug of war—an essential component to any good summer sports day. For this game, everyone participated—Little Flower children, teachers, foster parents, and Morgan Stanley visitors.
After two big rounds of tug of war, both sides could claim a win. By the end of the day, everyone—especially the younger kids—was ready for an afternoon nap, and the event was deemed a rousing success. It was a great way to introduce some of Morgan Stanley’s employees to the children and foster families that they’d be supporting through their donations.
The day at the botanical garden the next weekend was just as fun--with beautiful weather and a great time had by all.
We at Little Flower just wanted to extend our thanks to all of the employees at Morgan Stanley’s China offices for their support!
And a special thanks goes out to Morgan Stanley’s Li Xu for spearheading this cooperation!