Last Saturday the Kunming community flocked to Kai Wah Plaza, for a fun-filled day raising money for Yunnan kids in need of a heart operation at the Have a Heart fundraiser.
The event was the culmination of weeks of hard work by many individuals, supported by Rotary Kunming and hosted by Kai Wah Plaza hotel.
A grand total of 316,000 yuan was raised, with donations still trickling in. For those who couldn't make it but would still like to donate, there is a secure online way to contribute. Generous gifts that arrived before the event even started included a 128,000 yuan donation by several Rotary chapters across China, a 60,000 yuan donation by Yunnan Swire Coca Cola Beverage Company, Ltd., a 10,000 yuan donation by Oishi Foods and more. A further 111,000 yuan was raised during the Have a Heart fundraiser event. Proceeds from the auction and raffle, money raised through sales from the food and craft market and ticket sales at the event raised the highest Have a Heart donation to date, far surpassing the amount raised at the 2018 Have a Heart fundraiser.
In the spacious atrium at the entrance market stall holders were selling their craft products, offering a range of sustainable, healthy and/or homemade goods.
The auction and raffle prizes were displayed in the hallway.
Several well-known Kunming restaurateurs and aspiring superstar chefs served food and drinks, with all proceeds donated. Attendees could slurp Cantina's oysters, sip a Humdinger craft beer, enjoy Salvador's icecream or a French crepe from A Table, get their teeth in a Lost Garden taco and sample Jonathan's gumbo or Xiao Yang's classic Wa style cooking.
Sean and Sam of Turtle put a line-up of fabulous music performances together and provided the sound equipment.
Jeff and Lexi were the charming hosts of the event, calling out the raffle prizes to the lucky winners.
The dancefloor was on fire.
A great day was had by all and everyone.
Check out the video that Xiao Kris shot during the event:
These are the individuals who made the event happen:
Salvador's Colin for being the heart of Have a Heart and Xiao Kris for doing everything behind the scenes and behind the camera
Kai Wah Plaza Paul and staff for the wonderful venue, food and drinks and raffle prizes
Rotary Kunming Selman and Tudou for support and donations, and guarding the bouncy castle
Turtle Club Sam and Sean for organizing the music on stage
The performers: Tymo Neuville, Stud Duck, Choco Bonnie, SOS and The 云南 Reggae allstars, Large Forehead 大脑门, Manhu, DJ Xiao Kris
Cantina Diego for coordinating the food market
Contemporary Gallery Kunming Jeff for overall coordination, art works for the auction and presenting
Lexi for presenting the event in style
Dan Siekman for running the silent auction
Audrey for coordinating the ticket desk
WenLan Vera for GoKunming articles and coordinating raffle prizes
Everyone who attended and added to the great atmosphere and donations.
A special thank you to everyone who donated:
Arro Khampa by Zinc Journey Shangri-la
Asian Cycling Projects
Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime
Contemporary Gallery Kunming
Crowne Plaza Gudian
Dada Bar & Club
Dangsters Dance Studios
Flying Tigers Cafe (Shangri-la)
[GAH] gallery art hub
Humdinger Craft Beer
Jade Emu Guesthouse Dali
Kai Wah Plaza
The Lilypad Inn Dali
Mathieu's Shangri-la wines
Moon & Chalice Boutique Hotel
Old French Bakery
O'Reilly's Irish Pubs
The Rambler Shangri-la Gin
Red Buffalo Trading
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
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