In addition to taking up a tremendous amount of Li Ping's emotional and physical energy, the healthcare she requires simply to stay alive is also extremely expensive. Li Ping, who is just 18 years-old, will need to get dialysis twice a week for the rest of her life. Each hospital visit requires an entire day's time. This includes a trip to and from her family's farm — which takes several hours both ways — as well as the time spent receiving treatment.
Over the past half year, through the generosity of Kunming residents and businesses, as well as dozens of international donors, 165,000 yuan (US$26,700) has been raised for Li Ping. In terms of treatment, this assures her medical care costs, which include perpetual reservations of a Lincang hospital bed, are guaranteed to be paid for the next four years.
Kunming's art community has come together to organize another fundraiser. The goal this time is to raise 200,000 yuan (US$32,500) to assure Li Ping's medical bills will be covered for the next decade. Although this most recent fundraiser is not expecting to raise all of the money in one go, organizers are hoping to kick-start the process. Those who would like to donate but are unable to attend can make contributions online.
Live music will begin around 3pm on May 12 at Slice of Heaven. Performances are scheduled in the following order: French Mafia, a horn and strings salute to the Beatles, Russian gypsy music by Solid Plan, Kunming Jazz Trio, YanKaDi African Drummers accompanied by fire dancers, Lao Han, and finally John Nevada Lundemo and friends. Entry to Slice of Heaven is free and the restaurant will donate 20 percent of all sales to Li Ping.
In addition to Slice of Heaven's generous contribution, money will be raised through a raffle. Individual tickets for the lottery cost 20 yuan and there is no purchase limit. Each ticket allows the holder a chance to win one of dozens of prizes. These include food and drink vouchers for several local restaurants, free Chinese lessons and two grand prizes – a pair of gold earrings and a porcelain tea set, both of which are valued at 2,000 yuan. In total more than 10,000 yuan in prizes have been donated. The raffle will begin around 8:30pm.
The festivities will also include an ongoing project by art collective Foca Loca. Members will begin making a piece of art at the beginning of the day. Once it is completed, it will be auctioned off to the highest bidder with the proceeds donated to Li Ping. Augmenting Slice of Heaven's usual menu, hand-made sausages will be for sale fresh off the grill. Five yuan from the sale of each sausage will be put toward the cause.
When the music and raffle end around 9pm the party will move to Moondog. A live hip-hop show by Sam and Mike will begin at 10pm and Moondog will donate 10 percent of its nightly sales. Once again, entry is free.
Two previous fundraisers managed to collect 21,000 yuan (US$3,400). Let's see if we can surpass that total this weekend.
Salvador's and Li Ping would like to thank everyone who has already made a donation or contributed their time and efforts toward the fundraiser. Special thanks to Sean Weatherall for organizing everything so professionally.© Copyright 2005-2019 GoKunming.com all rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rewritten or redistributed without permission.