We cordially invite any and all members of the Kunming community to attend our fourth annual Have a Heart Fundraiser this Saturday at DT Bar. We are raising money to support Yunnan kids who desperately need heart surgeries, and have organized a day and night of music, fun, games, drinks, giveaways and food. So come out and join us for the fourth straight year as we look to lend a hand to those in need.
A little background
Roughly one in one hundred children around the world are born with congenital heart defects. These range from minor to life-threatening. In rural places around the world with little or no access to adequate healthcare, such cases can prove fatal at an early age. This reality is no less true in Yunnan's far-flung places, where children are sometimes properly diagnosed but still have no recourse because surgery is a financial impossibility for their families.
To that end, we are raising money for Yunnan children who desperately need life-saving surgeries. They live in rural hamlets and big cities alike, but have one thing in common: their families cannot afford the necessary operations. To mitigate some of the most dire cases, not-for-profit Village Progress organized the first heart health fundraiser four years ago. It has grown every year since. All told, with online donations, a charity walk from Dali to Lijiang and events like the one this Saturday, we've raised in excess of 400,000 yuan (US$58,000) in Yunnan.
This time, the benefit begins at 4pm and will feature a dazzling array of raffle prizes, performances by eight bands and DJs, food on offer from some of the city's most talented chefs, craft beer and handmade goods. Everyone performing, selling food, pouring drinks and coordinating activities on Saturday is donating their time and profits to the cause, and we want to thank them all in advance for what will be a wonderful day. As always, the fundraisers would not be possible without organizers, Colin, Juliette, Matu and Sarah.
A door charge of 40 yuan per person includes one raffle ticket to the prize giveaway. Additional individual raffle tickets will be on sale during the event for the same price or at a bulk discounted rate of four tickets for 100 yuan. Advance tickets are currently available at Salvador's Coffee House. We highly recommend buying in bulk, not only as a way to raise more money, but also to increase the chance of winning one of the great prizes available at the day-long raffle.
Prizes and donations
The following businesses and organizations have all graciously donated prizes worth well in excess of 20,000 yuan for the raffle and auction — À Table, As You Like, BANFF Mountain Film Festival, Barfly, Brooklyn, Dali Bar, Dangsters Dance Studio, Gallery Art Hub, GoKunming, Healing Light Yoga, Kunming Flying Tigers Rugby Club, Kunming Yu-Cong Enterprise Management, Moon and Chalice Boutique Hotel, Now Climbing, O'Reilly's Irish Pubs, Riccardo Marzi Home Decor, Salvador's Coffee House, Slice of Heaven, Sofitel Kunming, Spring City Yoga Collective, Turtle and VIDA.
Efforts like our event on Saturday, and those of many others, have collectively funded more than 500 surgeries over the past ten years, 30 of them for children who otherwise would not have survived. A typical surgery — which is generally too complicated to properly perform in Yunnan hospitals — costs between 60,000 and 100,000 yuan (US$9,000-15,000). Come out for a magnificent afternoon and support this worthy cause.
Live music, food, drinks and handicrafts
We'll have an eclectic group of live bands throughout the fundraiser, some inside on the big stage and others outdoors on the city's sunniest patio. Local gourmands will also be serving up some fantastic vittles. The entire charity event is organized in cooperation with China California Heart Watch.
Studducks (classic rock)
Large Forehead (ska)
Hardcore Softporn (rockabilly)
Geyijun (indie rock)
Braden (acoustic rock)
Yankadi (West African drums)
Raving Vendor (indie rock)
DJ Xiao Kris (funk/soul)
Eats and treats
American-style cheeseburgers, cole slaw and bottled chipotle sauce by Sarah
Tacos for carnivores and vegetarians by Salvador's Coffee House
Pasta salad by Cantina • Wine and Chat
Craft beer by Humdinger
Craft beer by Valhalla Craft Brewery
Libations of all sorts by DT Bar
Corlie's handmade leather and embroidered bags and trinkets
If you would like to donate a raffle prize or otherwise get involved, please contact us through the GoKunming Contact Form. For those who can't make it but would like to donate, we also have a secure online way to contribute through our GoFundMe page. Also, to help spread the word, please share this article, the GoKunming event page and the online donations link on WeChat, Facebook or wherever else you may have a social media outlet. Come out this Saturday for a day and night of good food, fantastic live music, prizes and, most importantly, a terrific cause! Thanks, Kunming!