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Ningbo Ride & Race for Charity 2011B

By Elain Chan NingboFocus
Dear Everyone,
Jointly organised by Ningbo Focus, Ningbo Guide and the Ningbo Bicycling Association, the inaugural Ningbo Ride & Race for Charity 2011 will be held on Saturday 29th October at Dapeng Mountain in Cixi. This event has been organised to raise funds for the children of Enmei Welfare House.

The Ningbo Ride & Race official sponsors are Harbor House, The Westin Ningbo, The Office Bar and Tasty’s.

It’s going to be an awesome and fun-filled event! So far we have over 110 participants for this event, for those who wish to participate but have not signed up, please do so as soon as possible. For those who have confirmed participation individually or as a team, thank you very much for your kind support, please fill in the attached entry form and send it back to us as soon as possible.
Please kindly note the following:
1. Entry Form:
-       All riders must fill in the entry form and sign off, individually please. If you are part of a team, please include your team name and the number of riders in your team. This form can then be scanned and emailed back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed back to 8777 7492.
-       The full programme is listed on the Entry Form, please kindly read through the details carefully.
-       Please do not forget to bring copies of your ID/passport for registration and insurance.
2.     Gathering Place:
-       Meet at The Westin Ningbo on Saturday 29th October 2011 at 7:30 a.m. – attached location map.
-       Buses will depart for Dapeng Mountain at 7:45 a.m. sharp.
-       If you are meeting straight at Dapeng Mountain in Cixi, please indicate this on the Entry Form.
-       If you are driving and bringing your own bikes, please indicate this on the Entry Form.
3. Participation Fees:
-       Please bring along RMB 60 for participation and RMB 10 for insurance.
-       Participation fee includes event wear, goodie bag sponsored by Harbor House, two-way bus transfer and water sponsored by The Westin Ningbo, After-race Party with first drink sponsored by The Office Bar and lunch snacks sponsored by Tasty’s.
4. Adopted Charity:
-       Enmei Welfare House
5. Race Route:
-       Attached route of the ride & race
-       Total distance: 8.4km per lap X 5 laps = 42km
-       Those riding for leisure may choose to cover any number of laps or stop anytime at the start point.
-       Those racing for the trophies must complete the whole course of the route.
6. Children:
-       All children must be accompanied by adults please.
7. Bike Rentals:
-       For riders without bikes and helmets, you may rent from the following:
Giant Cambridge Branch
409, Siming Middle Road, Yinzhou
Tel: +86 574 8727 3711
OR
Huanhu Bicycle Co. Ltd.
Ningbo Dongqian Lake Tourist Vacation Area
777, Anshi Road, Dongqian Lake, Yinzhou
Tel: +86 574 8281 7139 / +86 134 8668 1104
8. Bikes:
-       Drop-offs:
All bikes should be dropped off on Friday, 28th October 2011 between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Giant Cambridge Branch, 409, Siming Middle Road, Yinzhou. Your bikes will then be safe-kept at Giant, and transported in bike trucks to Dapeng Mountain the next day.
After the Race:
All bikes will be transported back by bike trucks to a meeting point in Jiangbei. Participants will be brought back to the same meeting point to claim your bikes. We will then do a group ride together to Lao Waitan for the After-race Party, trophy and donation presentation.
Upon arrival in Lao Waitan, please park your bikes immediately at the back of The Office Bar.
9. Prizes:
Trophies for the top three race riders, sponsored by Harbor House
Three hotel vouchers, sponsored by The Westin Ningbo
Two dining vouchers at Picanha Brazilian BBQ, sponsored by Ningbo Guide
Reminders:
-       Please have a good breakfast prior to the event, lunch will not be served until about 1 p.m. when we arrive back at The Office Bar and Tasty’s in Lao Waitan.
Please remember your helmets. Safety First!
-       The weather could get chilly, please bring along jackets in case of cold weather or rain.

40 newly enrolled college students gets aided

On the morning of September 2, Dahongying School Fund held a ceremony for the granting of student aid to the freshman students newly recruited by colleges. 40 freshman students newly recruited by colleges got the student aid, each 8,000 yuan. This indicates the start of the granting of the student aid.

Reportedly, some of these 40 students are orphans, some are from poverty stricken single-parent families, and some are from jobless families.

Since 1997 when the fund was established, the granted student aid has added up to 11.47 million yuan, benefitting 3,385 students.

Charity sales of paintings and calligraphic works on the net to aid students from poor families

A long scroll of painting with calligraphy is paving the way for a couple of students from poor families. Recently, a poster on the townsmen website of Xiangshan, titled as "Seven talents' cooperated painting offered for sale to aid students of the hometown" has capture the attention of thousands of netizens, with click rate ranking high. A charity sales by the artistic circle of Xiangshan in under way.

On July 17, logging on the townsmen website of Xiangshan, one can see a long scroll of painting, 4,800 mm long, 425mm wide, done by seven calligraphers, painters and poets.

In the net sale, many netizens actively bid for the picture and expressed their feelings about the sale. One said: "This is an invaluable painting with love." Another said; "I've always wanted to do something for students of my hometown. Though I intended to realize the wish by bidding for the picture, the price has exceeded my ability to buy it. Now I'll try to realize it another way: whoever is the final bidder, I'll give him or her another painting of my own for free."

According to the host of the website, this is a new mode to aid students from poor families. Later on, more charitable items will be offered for sale on the net, the money from which will be solely devoted to aiding students.

"One-day Charity Donation" in Ningbo

By August 22, the charity donations Ningbo Charity Federation received added up to over 5,817,000 yuan. A lawyer alone donated 100,000 yuan.

The largest donation, 1 million yuan, is from an anonymous enterprise, and the largest donation by an individual, Lawyer Fan Yun, amounts to 100,000 yuan.

There are over 500 anonymous donations. Of these donations, one by "anonymous person" amounts to 53,000 yuan, and one by "the Yangs" 31,000 yuan.

More and more young volunteers in Ningbo

"Excuse me, can my child come to participate in the volunteers' activities?" As soon as summer vacation started, the volunteers association in Jiangdong district received calls from parents, inquiring about the possibility for their children to participate in volunteer activities. A staff member of the association said that, with the awareness of social service greatly strengthened, more and more Ningbo kids are joining the rank of volunteers.

One parent said in the phone that kids nowadays have a quite well-off life but do not have any sense of social responsibility; many of them only ask their parents for things without knowing what they should do to repay, so she hoped her child can do some volunteer work so that he can acquire some sense of social responsibility and gratitude.

Teacher Yuan of the association said that, before, parents were more concerned about the kids' academic performance at school, without much attention to their social practice. But it is in such experiences as social service that can bring them a sense of satisfaction that is identified with their counterparts. From this perspective, volunteer work is not only suitable for university students but also middle and primary shool kids. Though it is regulated that only those above 18 can be volunteers, teacher Yuan thinks it the best way to cultivate good future volunteers to develop and spread the idea of volunteer service early in people's life.

However, the present volunteer projects and carriers are not really suitable for middle and primary school kids, or they do not appeal to them.

It is learned that the volunteer association in Jiangdong district is exploring the possibility to develop more volunteer programs suitable for different age groups so that more teenagers can find the proper programs for themselves.

It is learned that, this summer vacation, the Jiangdong association has come up with 3 volunteer projects specially designed for young kids. One is "Game Caravan for the Public" for young volunteers to learn public social norms and civilized behavior while they entertain themselves. Another is referred to as "Green Ribbon", in which young volunteers are given "green seeds" for them to grow and take care of and, once the seeds have grown into plants, they can be sold for charity or donated. The other is for the kids to visit retired people with special experiences to help record their past or to help them to store their old pictures into computers as albums. Kids who are interested in these activities can call 87978721 for more information.

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