|Goodbye from Maria Chrisoforatos|
The whole world has had changes in 2020 and many of us have experienced great transformations during this year. I, like many others, have been stuck in my home country, Australia, and have not been able to get back to Shanghai all year. Now circumstances have changed and we will remain in Australia permanently.
The city of Shanghai will always have a special place in my heart, like it does for Heart to Heart. The friendships I have made there will always be precious to me. Saying good-bye is hard especially without the opportunity to do so face to face. We built such strong bonds so quickly, but who could be surprised when we would cry together, play together, eat together, work together, drink together, laugh together and eat some more together on our field trips. I was fortunate enough to join many of these trips, which were humbling, gratifying and culturally enriching to say the least.
The two Art for Hearts shows we created will always be astounding highlights during my time at Heart to Heart. From working with an amazing group of people to witnessing first-hand people’s incredible generosity of spirit. It inspires me daily to think back on how big-hearted and charitable a community can be and how much can be accomplished by working together.
To all the amazing people I have met in Shanghai especially at Heart to Heart I want to send you a big virtual kiss and hug from Sydney and hope we meet again one day.
Best wishes and my love to you all