The Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (SCMC) is a famous children’s hospital which provides paediatric care, research and education not only in Shanghai but throughout China. Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) helps different organisations around the world to eradicate infectious diseases, educates parents on preventing childhood diseases, and trains health professionals. Earlier this year both organisations launched a large-scale, joint charity programme called “Bikes and Cams for Kids – 20th Children’s Health Festival of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.”
MANN+HUMMEL China have had a close relationship with SCMC since 2015 and our volunteers have attended more than 20 charity events over the last three years. When SCMC and Project HOPE announced this event, I was very keen to actively participate, especially as photography is a particular passion of mine.
Pedal power around Shanghai
The first part of the programme was a bike ride from the SCMC which went all the way to the Shanghai International Financial Center and back to the hospital again. Twenty employees from MANN+HUMMEL China volunteered to participate on the ride. They came from seven different departments within the organisation, from Production and Logistics to IT and HR. Each volunteer rode 10 km to contribute their bit of love to the children. MANN+HUMMEL China sponsored each participant per kilometre as a donation to support medical development and research. All in all, over 160 people participated in the ride and the event raised around 300,000 Yuan (over US$ 44,000).
Capturing the beauty of the world
In addition to the cycling tour, the programme also comprised a photographic art exhibition. Amateur photographers from all walks of life pointed their lenses to record the “truth, goodness, beauty” of the world to create magnificent works of art.
As President of the MANN+HUMMEL China Photography Association, this event was very close to my heart. I donated my own photographic creations, consisting of small boxes recording the spring, summer, autumn and winter of life and showing landscapes never seen before. I was honoured to have my work displayed at the exhibition. Every photographer who took part received a certificate of participation.
The photographs were exhibited to the public and then sold in a charity auction so people could buy their favourite piece. I am delighted to report that all money raised was donated to SCMC to help sick children.
MANN+HUMMEL’s commitment to the community
As part of our CSR commitment, everyone at MANN+HUMMEL China is focused on engagement for the community, particularly children. Our corporate values of teamwork and respect were also very much at the forefront of this activity.
The volunteers and contributors, including me, are happy to help SCMC’s young patients and feel it is meaningful. MANN+HUMMEL China will continue to maintain the good relationship with SCMC and I am pleased we will be able to help more children in future.