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BISS Summer Fair for charity

THE British International School Shanghai's Pudong campus will hold its annual Summer Fair for charity on June 12. It's a family event, with games, entertainment, food, shopping and a raffle.

One of the school's biggest annual fund-raisers, it usually attracts 1,500 to 2,000 people, mainly parents and children in Shanghai.

All proceeds are donated to charity. It is the biggest charity event of the year for the Parents and Friends Association (PFA), which sponsors charities in Shanghai.

"We support 17 students from Shanghai Sunrise and a local orphanage with their weekly food for all of the children," says Suzanne Hugo, the school's PFA chairperson. "We do this not only for fun but also because we understand how meaningful it is to raise money for those in need," she says.

Last year the association raised 180,000 yuan (US$26,340) at the one-day fair.

Admission is 100 yuan per child, aged from four to 17 years, covering all games and prizes.

Admission for adults is free.

Children can play around 20 games, including water games such as "sponge the teacher" and water slides. They can visit a second-hand toy stall, second-hand book stall, play the robot game "Tombola," learn some arts and crafts, and bounce on a trampoline.

A shopping hall for adults sells fashion, jewelry, photos and other items from vendors across the city.

Stage entertainment will be provided.

"We also aim to provide entertainment and prizes for children. They also get prizes for helping people in need," Hugo says.

The event features a "London Taxi with a Map" game and a series of sporting sessions run by Qilin Football Academy.

For younger children there's a kids' gallery and technology workshop.

A raffle will offer prizes worth around 100,000 yuan. First prize is a holiday for two in Saipan, including four nights' accommodation.

Food vendors offer tasty dishes.

Hugo, who was born in the UK, migrated to Australia four years ago and has lived in Shanghai for two years.

"Having the privilege to stay home with my children for the past five years has allowed me to get involved and learn more about Shanghai and its communities," she says.

"We on the PFA get enormous satisfaction in knowing we really are making a difference to the charities we donate to. It is life-changing."


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