Tuesday, May 5 9:30 – 12:30 Tuesday, May 12 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, May 19 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, May 26 9:30-12:30 Thursday, May 28 17:30-20:30
Monday, May 11 SEA Coffee Morning
First Assembly Held on April 14
We’re back! Assembly sessions have restarted at Yoda Hospital per our published schedule. It was wonderful seeing the 13 volunteers who came and participated in our first session on April 14. Lots of old friendships were renewed and some new ones made. Most importantly, we were able to sort piles of donated goods and detag a lot of new clothing that came to us from vendors. It will be going out to the countryside to people who need it once we get the transportation straightened out. We hope that we’re able to see more and more of you as more of our local volunteers come back and flights will hopefully start coming in for those “stranded” in other countries.
Donated goods can now be sent to us by kuaidi – 上海市徐汇区龙漕路218号远大心胸医院心连心基金 Karen 13916295852. It will probably be June before drop offs are allowed.
If you are planning to attend a future assembly session, please remember that you MUST be on the H2H active assemblers list or signed up as a prospective assembler (through a new application). Once you reach the hospital, please check in with Karen at the lobby desk. You will need (1) your temperature taken, (2) a mask, (3) your GREEN QR code, and (4) you will need to fill out a card stating that you have been in Shanghai for at least 14 days. Not hard! We’re looking forward to seeing you. We have LOTS to do!
At the moment the Heart to Heart playroom looks like a tornado hit it since we are sorting donated goods in it. But, by the end of May, it should be back to its lovely, fun self so we can begin playroom sessions every afternoon beginning June 1. (We will be holding an abbreviated children’s day gift handout in the room on Sunday, May 31, but we are already staffed for that activity.) Nevertheless, all of you playroom volunteers who have been wanting to get back to work with our little patients should be able to sign up now for sessions beginning June 1. Naturally, we will also need all of the orientation leaders to sign up for sessions as well (through your group chat) so that new recruits from the past few months can finally learn what the playroom is all about and start volunteering. It’s all very exciting and we hope that many of you are around to participate.
Only active playroom volunteers who have signed up on the internet scheduler and prospectives that have officially signed up and been scheduled through Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org) are allowed in the playroom. If you are worried about whether you are still active or not, please check with Karen at email@example.com or WeChat (Karen-H2H).
Come have fun and bring some joy into the lives of the children who are in the hospital! Bring some fun into your own lives as well; it’s been a long, stressful winter and spring!
Help Us Knit Hats for Our Upcoming Cooperation with Innocent Drinks
Calling all knitters and crocheters….. We need your help no matter where in the world you might be. Heart to Heart is about to sign a cooperation agreement with Innocent Drinks to become their charity partner in China. We hope to have years of cooperation with them that should benefit many, many children through heart surgeries and the provision of food cards for their families. How can you help us? We need little hats for the Innocent Drink bottles. We literally need to provide thousands of them – and the need will be ongoing. They should, however, be fun and easy to knit. Use your creativity. As long as the hat fits the bottle (contact us on that if you have questions or need a sample bottle), it should be fine. If you knit a bunch of them and don’t live in Shanghai, contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wechat (Karen-H2H) and we’ll figure out how to get them from you to us. We need them to come to Shanghai for them to “count” in the campaign. There are patterns on the Innocent Drinks site at https://www.thebigknit.co.uk/knitting-patterns and on the H2H website at www.h2hsh.com. We can also send you training videos and more help aids. Just contact us. Please help!
Our First Sponsor Visit after the COVID-19 Lockdown!
Yay! Finally! Although we’ve had quite a few children come into the hospital for heart surgery this year, we weren’t easily able to have their sponsors into the hospital to meet them. Since this is always a lovely part of the H2H process, it was rather distressing. Now, however, everything is looking up. The first child to have a sponsor visit since the COVID-19 lockdown was child #1591 – Fang Guoqing – an 11 year old boy from Jiangxi province. He was fully sponsored by the Shanghai Expats Association (SEA) at the end of 2019. He had a complex CHD problem, but came through his March 24 surgery well. Members of the SEA were able to visit him in the H2H hospital playroom on April 1. It was a great meeting. Since then, Fang Guoqing passed all of his post-surgery tests and is now back in Jiangxi province with his family. We’re really glad the SEA sponsored him and got to visit him!
I arrived in Shanghai March 2019 from Perth, Western Australia. I encountered one of the H2H volunteers at a SEA welcome event & turned up to assembly the following week. Being involved with Heart to Heart is a lovely chance to give back to the community and also provides a purposeful activity with a great group of people.
I have 2 children still studying in Australia & they have both had the chance to visit Shanghai & help out at H2H assembly. The H2H volunteers are a very industrious bunch of people – it truly is amazing the sheer quantity of stuff that is processed each week! Not to mention the Tardis like capacity that the back room possesses! The fact that tasks performed at assembly, both sorting & sewing, are part of the process that ensures a child gets life saving surgery is powerful. The motivation & commitment of the long serving volunteers is also commendable. The level of creativity that is employed to maximise the funding of life-saving operations is inspiring, from Karen’s sponsored treks, to art shows & shoe drives & everything in between.
Volunteering with Heart to Heart has become a big unexpected highlight of moving to Shanghai. Right now quite a few of the volunteers are not in Shanghai, for some it is temporary as they wait for borders to reopen and I look forward to them returning. But for others their China adventure has abruptly ended and they will not return – it is a sad way to farewell such committed volunteers and their presence & laughter will be greatly missed. As that is the core of H2H volunteers – a great group of people motivated around a single cause, namely, little kids getting a healthy heart. In the next few months I look forward to travel restrictions to rural China being lifted and joining field trips into the countryside to visit past patients of H2H.
Mountain Trail Wines. …. Our journey in doing business with China started 15 yearsago with importing products from China to Australia. Over this time, I had built up both business and personal relationships. From my first visit to China in 2008, I felt amazed about the people and their culture and with wanting to know more about China I have continued to visit every 2 years. Over the last 6 years we are getting more people asking for Australian products for themselves and their families. Through this Ozland was born. We have been exporting Australian wines to China for 5 years searching from the many wineries in Australia for suitable wines based on quality and price. Our main objective was to provide a better wine at a better price for those in China.
With Ozland sales growth over this period and with people enjoying our wines in China, we decided to search and find a suitable charity to contribute to. We chose Heart to Heart Shanghai for the work they do for and as a father myself of 2 young children, I wanted to use the experience of supporting H2H to educate my children. In the past few years Ozland and Mountain Trail Wines have donated wines to be used at H2H events and will continue to do so. We have also purchased bears to help support surgeries. We are also planning to donate towards other H2H projects such as libraries and sports programs.
Warren Clark Ozland & Mountain Trail Wines – Director
Welcome to Our New Volunteers!
New Project Manager Abi Chin
New Events Management Volunteers Grace Hsu Stephen Thorn
New Knitting & Sewing Volunteers Carrie Yu Min Kateryna Gedz Yi Zhen Mao Josie Wang
New Assembly Volunteers Candia Allen Madeleine Maier Stephen Thorn Yi Zhen Mao
Sign up to be a Volunteer!
Want to sign up to volunteer? Here is a new easy way! Just scan the QR code and fill out the info. It takes less than a minute!
Join Our WeChat Group!
The H2H WeChat account is in place. We hope you’ll follow us on it! Just scan the QR code to get started.
We want to give a huge thanks to Alie Wang for creating and maintaining it for us!
With your support over 1,620 children, 146 libraries and 9 school sports equipment package have been sponsored!
Follow Us Online
In addition to our webpage at www.h2hsh.com, we are on WeChat, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Join us to share pictures and get updates!
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General Information: Karen Carrington email@example.com Admin: Karen Carrington, Kyle Lamirande, Mei Kang Assembly Director: DJ Wizniak firstname.lastname@example.org Assembly Team Backup: Jane Bouve & Nodlaig Stoddart Assembly Team Correspondence: Drew Seaman Chinese Language Communication Manager: Alex Tsou Chinese Language Communication Team: Mei Kang & Yen-ling von Meister CSR and Group Volunteering Manager: Bev Darle email@example.com CSR and Group Volunteering Team: DJ Wizniak, Karen Carrington Donations (New and Gently Used Goods): DJ Wizniak, Jane Bouve & Nodlaig Stoddart firstname.lastname@example.org Events Manager: Harrison Carter email@example.com Events Team Mgmt Back-up/Assistant: Grace Hsu Events Set-up Team: Steve Thorn Executive Director: Karen Carrington firstname.lastname@example.org Field Trips: Karen Carrington email@example.com Finance Director: Zhang Xiaoguang Finance Team: Amy Lu firstname.lastname@example.org Knitting Manager: Helen Anderson email@example.com Legal Counsel/Director: Zhang Qi Media and Marketing Manager: Alie Wang Media & Marketing Team: April Shi, April Chiasson, DJ Wizniak, Jessica Kaufenbert (photography), Katie Littlefield (remote), Mei Kang, Mike Ferrari, Mohana Gnanasekaran, Nancy Kong & Yunfan Xia Minhang Coordinator: Antton Arregui Mom2Mom: Diana Schweinert New Volunteer Coordinators: Anh Ly Moellers (new application processing), Ross Abantao (orientations and activations), Karen Carrington (knitters and sewers) firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter: Debi Carter & Ana Alexander email@example.com Newsletter Proofreader: Karen Carrington On-line Projects Manager: Nancy Kong Playroom Manager: TBD Project Management: Abi Chin & April Shi Rural Library/Sporting Equipment Sponsorship: Karen Carrington firstname.lastname@example.org School Liaison Management Team: Antton Arregui, Maria Christoforatos & Nicola Burton email@example.com Sewing Team Manger: Marie Blossier Sewing Team Manager Backup: Ingrid Dupper Sponsorship & Hospital Visits Managers: Karen Carrington & DJ Wizniak firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsorship & Hospital Visits Team: Antton Arregui, Helen Anderson, Maria Christoforatos, Mei Kang, Nancy Kong, Steve Lee, Therese Burke Webmasters: Jung-Woo Lee (website), Eric Wang (database), Frank Song (database maintenance for the new database being built), Karen Carrington (content) Website Pictures (remote): Lenel Roux WeChat Account: Alie Wang, Alex Tsou, Mei Kang
YODA Cardio Thoracic HOSPITAL Address: No. 218 Long Cao Road, Xuhui district, 200235 Shanghai 医院地址:上海市徐汇区龙漕路218号 Driving Directions: Longcao Road (between Caoxi Road &Longhua Road) Metro Directions: – Line 3 & 12 “Long Cao Road Station” – Exit 4 – Turn left (it is the next building) – Line 1 & 12 “Cao Bao Road Station” – Exit 4 from the SOUTH platform – Turn right 8 minutes walk (it will be on your right) Bus Routes: – Bus 50 (Caohejing Road stop or N Caoxi Rd, E Tainlin Road stop) – Bus 111 (Long Wu Road -Longcao Road stop) – Bus 120 (Longcao Road stop)
Many Ways to Support Us!
Did you know that Heart to Heart is a 100% volunteer organization? With no paid staff we always need people to volunteer. Here are just a few of the ways you can help us.
Visit Us at an Event
Check out our ‘Support Us‘ section following the calendar.
Donate New or Gently Used Goods
Clothing, toys, toiletries collected from hotel visits, company swag – as long as it is not electronic or breakable, we will find a use for it. Please contact email@example.com.
Donate Your Time
Help out in our hospital playroom, join an assembly session, schedule a special group volunteering session for you and your coworkers, knit or sew bear clothes at home or with friends. There are countless opportunities. We definitely need your help!
You can help support our food card program, our rural school library program, or become a heart surgery program sponsor. Contact us to find out how you can help.
Tell Your Friends About Us
Pick up a flyer at an event and pass it on. Bring a friend to a volunteer session. Enlist your friends from home to make a donation (contact our executive director to find out how you can make this happen).