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Have a Heart Fundraiser 2020

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We cordially invite any and all members of the Kunming community to attend our fifth Have a Heart Fundraiser on Saturday, November 14. The closure of previous host venue DT bar and Covid-19 threw a spanner in the works for 2019 and early 2020, but Kai Wah Plaza hotel has stepped up and will be the venue for this years event — a day and night of music, drinks, a craft market, kids activities, fabulous giveaways and food. This year the event is jointly organized by individuals in the Kunming international community and supported by Rotary Kunming.

The event aims to raise money to support Yunnan kids who desperately need heart surgeries. So come out and join us for the fifth Have a Heart fundraiser and lend a hand to those in need.

A little background

Roughly one percent of children globally 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.

We are raising money for Yunnan children who need life-saving surgeries which will be performed at Fuwai hospital. These children live in rural hamlets and big cities alike, but have one thing in common: their families cannot afford the operations. To mitigate some of the most dire cases, not-for-profit Village Progress organized the first heart health fundraiser six 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 on November 14, we've raised in excess of 500,000 yuan (US$75,000) in Yunnan. These initiatives 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).

This year's benefit on Saturday, November 14 begins at 3pm and will feature live music, a craft market, food stands and children's entertainment, all provided by Kunming's vibrant local and international community. Further funds will be raised through a raffle and silent auction. Proceeds will go to sponsor surgery and related treatment for congenital heart disease. All donations raised during the event will be given to the Yunnan Fuwai Hospital, which will be performing the surgeries, with oversight from Rotary Club of Kunming. Everyone performing, selling food, offering raffle prizes, 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.

A door charge of 100 yuan per person includes one raffle ticket to the prize giveaway — children under 12 years of age can join the family-friendly event for free. Additional individual raffle tickets will be on sale during the event for 50 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.


Auctions and raffles will be held throughout the event, interspersed with the following performances:

3:20-04:00pm Tymo Neuville
4:30-05:10pm Stud Duck
5:30-06:10pm Choco Bonnie
6:40-7:20pm SOS and The 云南 Reggae allstars
7:40-08:20pm Large Forehead 大脑门
8:50-09:30pm Manhu 蛮虎
10:00-11:00pm DJ Xiao Kris
11:00pm End 结束

Eats and treats

A food fair will bring together community members and restaurants from around Kunming to feature a variety of delicacies from around the world.

A Table crêpe station and Christmas bread
Cantina mini cold cuts panini
Humdinger craft beer on tap
Jonathan's gumbo
Kai Wah Plaza mini burgers, fries and mini cakes
Lost Garden tacos, nachos and cakes
Salvador's ice cream and other
Xiao Yang's vegetarian noodles and Wa-style chicken rice

Craft market

With unique items made by Kunming creatives from around the world, you can pick up that perfect Christmas present for family or friends.

Prizes and donations

This year there are more prizes than ever in the raffle and auction. Win a stay in a multiple-star hotel, a trip to Dali, an art work, delicious dinner dates in Kunming and Lijiang, interesting experiences around Kunming, a selection of fine alcohols and much more.

The following businesses and organizations have graciously donated prizes for the raffle and auction with a total value exceeding 100,000 yuan.

A Table
Aling Crafts
Arro Khampa by Zinc Journey Shangri-la
Asian Cycling Projects
Brooklyn Pizza
Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime
Coca-Cola Yunnan
Contemporary Gallery Kunming
Crowne Plaza Gudian
Dada Bar & Club
Dangsters Dance Studios
Discover Cha
Dream Park
Flying Tigers Cafe (Shangri-la)
Gaga restaurant
[GAH] gallery art hub
Green Solutions
Igor - Master pastry chef
Jade Emu Guesthouse Dali
Kai Wah Plaza
The Lilypad Inn Dali
Linden Center
Lost Garden
Mathieu's Shangri-la wines
Moon & Chalice Boutique Hotel
Now Climbing
Old French Bakery
O'Reilly's Irish Pubs
Park 1903
The Rambler Shangri-la Gin
Red Buffalo Trading
Sapore Italia
Slice of Heaven
Stone the Crows pub (Lijiang)
Tongde Turtle T3
Van den Berg Roses
Vervo Club & Bar
Village Cafe (Lijiang)
Wanda Vista Hotel
Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale
Yu Cong Enterprise Management
Yunnique Coffee


If you would like to 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 Fundly 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.

Directions to the venue

The event is taking place in the atrium of Kai Wah Plaza and adjacent ball rooms on the lobby floor (level 2).

Metro: The hotel can be reached by metro line 2, exit at South Ring Rd (环城南路) station. Take Exit D out of the station. The hotel is located one block to the south (toward the train station) on Beijing Lu. Enter from Yongkang Lu.

Car: The hotel has underground parking, which attendees of the Have a Heart Fundraiser may use for the hotel's standard rates. There is also a large outdoor paid parking lot just next to the hotel on Yongkang Lu.

E-bike and bicycle: Guests can use the hotel staff parking area. Since the parking space is limited, it is recommended that guests park their bikes in front of the Huaxia Bank on Yongan Road during the day. If you need to park at night, you can move your bike to the underground parking area of the hotel. There will be staff guidance and signs.

Alcohol will be served at this event. Please consider taking public transport or a taxi instead of driving yourself!

Come out on Saturday, November 14, for a day and night of good food, fantastic live music, prizes and, most importantly, a terrific cause! Thanks, Kunming!

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