|Featured Sponsor of the Month – Don Seehafer |
A little bit about myself to share with the Heart to Heart community. I was born and raised in California and made the move to Shanghai over a decade ago from London. Having worked at St. James’s Place since 2016, I’ve also been a member on the company’s Foundation Committee for China. Through the years at St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation, we’ve been supporting the good works at Heart to Heart. There’s a peace of mind knowing the donations are going directly to the heart surgeries of kids and the organization is made up of 100% volunteers. Whenever I’ve seen a good opportunity to support H2H, such as sponsoring youth football and helping to get a table for the bears, I’ve taken it.
On weekends I enjoy being active such as cycling and boxing. Additionally, I’ll cycle around the city to check out new exhibitions at art galleries and museums. Back in 2019, I started a boxing meetup on Sundays with a friend Evan on the West Bund riverside park. This became a community of friends to help each other get fit, sharing food afterwards over a picnic on the grass. For me, this was my church on Sundays, feeding my soul. At the start of 2021, the boxing meetup club designated Heart to Heart as our charity of choice to support with fundraising events. 100% of proceeds from sale of used gloves and equipment, mostly donated by Aboro Boxing Academy, goes to H2H directly. Additional donations have come from members and sponsors. Always wonderful to see the communities and friends come together for a great cause.
Growing up in California, it’s common for many to find ways in giving back to your local community. For me, that was as a teenager helping the coaches by mentoring and training the new kids at the boxing gym, at university the beach clean ups and being involved with Park & Rec as a member of the Student Housing Co-Operatives and board member, and organizing relief efforts for disaster regions by my college. I’ve been fortunate enough in Shanghai to be guided by the Charitable Foundation at SJP in finding worthwhile causes such as H2H to give some of my time and energy. The close-knit community of friends at the boxing club have raised their hands time and again when I’ve asked for help in supporting Heart to Heart.
与心连心的小伙伴们分享一些关于我的故事吧。我在美国加州出生长大，十多年前从伦敦搬到了上海。自2016年以来，我一直在St. James‘s Place工作，同时我也担任公司的中国基金会委员会成员。在St. James Place慈善基金会工作的这些年，我们一直在支持心连心的慈善事业。知道心连心收到的所有捐款会直接用于孩子们的心脏手术，而且该组织100%志愿者组成的，这些都让我们非常的安心。每当我看到一个支持心连心的好机会，比如赞助青少年足球活动时在现场准备一张桌子给爱心小熊们，我就会让心连心来参加。
在加州长大，很多人都会想办法回馈社会。从小到大，我的志愿者经历有：青少年时期帮助拳击馆里的教练指导和培训新学生；大学时期作为Park & Rec成员在学校的海滩打扫卫生以及作为学生住房合作社董事会成员组织学校对灾区的救援工作。我很幸运在上海的SJP慈善基金会的指导下找到了一些有价值的事业，比如心连心，并付出了我的时间和精力。此外，当我请求帮助支持心连心的时候，拳击俱乐部里关系密切的朋友们一次又一次的支持着我！