The journey itself was beautiful. We walked through Huangang Park and enjoyed the welcoming touch of green from the trees, we walked up Binhe Avenue and saw the rigorous traffic rush by us, we walked along the sea in Shenzhen Bay Park and inhaled the fresh scent of the ocean. Seeing everyone at the finish point, celebrating amongst themselves, taking selfies, enjoying a much needed snack, but most importantly, the smile on their faces, gave us a sense of triumph as we saw the successful completion of this event. We had all completed this, contributed to our community. At the end of this breathtaking journey all we have is gratitude towards the prefects and sponsors who made this opportunity available to us.
The walk was long and though by the end the fatigue was explicitly visible on everyone’s faces, I can honestly say it was a worthwhile experience. The energy spent during this time reflected a commitment to a make better world where more people had access to education and resources, where more and more people were willing to sacrifice their own valuables for the greater good. It was a great bonding experience for those with their friends as well as families. It wasn’t just walking, it was enjoying the view, chatting with your peers, and connecting with your family members and teachers. I think it was important that we did not just donate money but participate in this walk, as we can learn that donating money isn’t the only way one can contribute to a cause. It’s these kind of hands-on activities that allow us to think back and say ‘yes, I really did make a difference’.
A grand total of over 70,000 RMB was raised thanks to the generous donations from participants of the charity walk as well as the Wednesday morning collections. With this money we are able to support Captivated International and provide a platform in which the Seng girls are able to achieve an education. We are able to give them more opportunities for success in their later life, we are able to support those who need help. This charity walk wasn’t just a walk, it’s going to change the lives of some; it’s given us a unforgettable memory to look back on in the future and smile as we remember the laughter and fun we experienced on this day.
At eight in the morning on Saturday, March 25, a time when most people were still sound asleep in the comfort of their beds, excited chatters filled the school as students, parents and teachers anticipated the walk that awaited us. Ten kilometres was a long distance to walk, but we were willing to donate not just our money but our time and energy to support this meaningful cause. On this day, there was no need to sit down, crack a book open and study, there was no need for a lesson plan with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, all that was there was excitement and a dedication to make the most out of this experience for ourselves, the Seng Girls and the ‘My First Job Project.’
Report by Gloria
Pictures by Chopin