Our mission is to provide support and financial assistance to indigent Chinese children who require heart surgery and to provide financial assistance to rural Chinese schools which require libraries, sports equipment and other essentials. For more information visit our website (www.h2hsh.com).
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Join us! October 2020
Tuesday, October 6 9:30 – 12:30 Tuesday, October 13 9:30 – 12:30 Tuesday, October 20 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, October 15 9:30-12:30 Tuesday, October 27 9:30-12:30 Thursday, October 29 17:30-20:30
Oct. 5 Shanghai Centre Oct. 17-18 Green Escape Oct. 24-25 Green Escape Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 Green Escape
What We Need for the Upcoming Month
Heart to Heart always wants money so we can perform more heart surgeries for our little patients who need it so badly. But, if you also want to help out by sending things that the children and their families need while they are in the hospital (or when they get home), here is what we currently need:
Make Sponsoring a H2H Surgey an Objective for Your Group This Year!
Several groups have volunteered at Yoda Hospital recently and we have loved meeting them all. However, it is not always practical for all of you to come to our premises. Why not set up an activity to benefit Heart to Heart within your walls?Most importantly we need funds for without money none of our programmes can continue. On average a surgery costs about 30,000RMB. Think how proud you would all be in your company or school if you managed to save a child’s life by raising some money towards this.
Here are a few fund-raising ideas you could consider:
A sponsored run or walkathon
A coffee and cake sale
A children’s used clothes and toys sale
We also need donations of clothing and toiletries for our sponsored children and their families. Maybe you could organise a collection for us. We always need:
Adult, baby and children’s clothes (new or gently used)
The competition was fierce, but friendly as 15 teams representing Heart to Heart friends, families, volunteers and sponsors vied for the title of “winner” of the first ever H2H Quiz. “The Pushkin Yeti” (don’t ask!) team won, but gave their prize of a keg of beer and H2H T-shirts up for bid so that even more money could be made for the event. An additional RMB 1,000 was made from the bidding taking the total proceeds from the very fun night at Cages with quizmaster Ned Kelly up to almost RMB 6,000. Not bad for a night of fun and games….. and the big winner will be the child who has heart surgery as a result all our efforts. We hope to have another quiz night in a few months so be practicing up on your totally irrelevant facts!
Wow! The Tencent 789 campaign this year was really crazy. Thanks to all of you who participated. I know the RMB 200 limit was not fun for some of you, but all the hard work you put into entering the donations and spreading the word REALLY paid off. Thank you. In 2019 we made RMB 28,559.57 from the Tencent 789 campaign. I thought that would be tough to beat, but you far exceeded my expectations. Great teamwork! This year the 2020 Tencent 789 campaign yielded RMB 46,772.73 for Heart to Heart. WOW! That’s enough to sponsor 1.5 children. Thank you for taking the time to contribute! I know the children and their families will be thrilled. They should be coming in soon. Thank you for helping them!
After getting asked questions about whether or not Heart to Heart has a Board of Directors, it occurred to me that we’ve really never put anything out about the makeup of the board. Naturally, it has changed over time and will continue to evolve, but we’ve always had a board to help us with strategic decisions. Currently, the board has 6 members representing various groups from which we might need advice. The current members are: Alonso Wan (heart surgeon), DJ Wizniak (logistics), Joyce Wang (Chinese charities), Karen Carrington (management), Zhang Qi (legal) and Zhang Xiaoguang (finance). Over the next few months we’ll try to introduce you to each of them. Whether you’ve met them or not, be assured that they make a great team and are very dedicated to making sure that Heart to Heart moves in the right direction and helps as many children with congenital heart disease as possible.
Here is our first introduction: DJ Wizniak
Most of you know me as the Canadian who is usually overdressed every Tuesday morning. I’m DJ (not a head-banging nightclub one; it’s just my preferred real-name acronym to help confuse people). I look after the assembly room and donations for Heart to Heart. I came to China with my life partner of 31 years, Toby, a multiple Tony Award winning Broadway / West End producer. We established a Chinese company together… as Toby says, I am a “bored member”. I have been in China for over 17 years and after living in other cities in China, I decided Shanghai was the city I wanted to make a life in. Toby (reluctantly) agreed.
These days, I spend most of my time working on H2H projects. I began volunteering with H2H over 6 years ago – joining the management team. After a few years as a manager, I was invited to join the Board of Directors and I’m very proud of the work we do particularly as it’s one of the very few charities globally that has zero administration overhead and 100% of all donations go directly to support children in need. My luck overflowed in finding H2H… not only for the extremely rewarding work we do and the team of magnificent people I have worked with, but for the enduring friendships I have made. When you join H2H, you arrive as a friend, but quickly become part of my global family.
一直有被问到，心连心是否有一个董事会。这不禁让我意识到，我们确实从来没有向外界介绍过心连心董事会的构成。当然，它会随着时间的变化，有新的发展或调整，但是心连心确实有一个董事会在帮助我们进行战略决策。目前，董事会由来自不同领域的六名成员构成，为心连心的决策提供相关建议。他们分别是：Alonso Wan（心脏外科医生），DJ Wizniak（物流），Joyce Wang （中国慈善机构），Karen Carrington（管理），Zhang Qi（法务），Zhang Xiaoguang（财务）。接下来的几个月，我们将依次为大家介绍他们。无论你是否有见过他们，请相信他们是一个非常棒的团队。他们致力于确保心连心在朝正确的方向前进，尽全力帮助那些患有先天性心脏病的儿童。
We sell thousands (literally) of heart bears every year to provide heart surgery for our little patients. Incredibly, we’ve had an amazing upsurge in interest to purchase even more bears lately. So, we thought we’d make it easy on you if you’re wondering how to get them. You can buy them one of 4 ways:
1) Buy them at one of our weekend markets. Most of the markets can be found on our website (www.h2hsh.com) in the “Activities” section under “Event Flyers”. Our volunteers will be happy to sell you as many as you want.
2) You can come by our office in Xuhui District and pick one out. Just make sure you to tell us when you will come so we can make sure there is a volunteer there. Write firstname.lastname@example.org or WeChat Karen-H2H.
3) You can order them from email@example.com or WeChat Karen-H2H and we can kuaidi them to you.
We are super busy with markets and events this autumn. We need all our volunteers to participate as much as possible when we put out calls for personnel. Yes, we know you’re tired after working (or playing) all week, but remember why we work the markets – to save children’s lives. For example, 4 year old Zhao Yixin from Anhui province just successfully had her heart surgery. Her entire procedure was financed through sales at the GREEN ESCAPE MARKET during the first 4 weeks of August. Be a part of the team to help another child! Sign up to work a market or event.
My first hospital visit to Heart to Heart was shortly after I arrived in Shanghai in 2011. I went to the Yoda Cardio Thoracic Hospital with the ladies from the American Club Shanghai (ACS) to deliver hand knitted blankets, beanie hats and scarves. Before we went into the hospital rooms, we stopped by to see the Heart to Heart volunteer room, which was less crowded than it is now, but carefully organized as it also is now. I loved the playroom and found the ambience to be inviting and soothing for the small children who were playing with toys and smiling in the aftermath of their successful surgeries. That was my first Heart to Heart hospital visit but it would not be my last. Volunteering as the Community Outreach Chair with ACS and then later with Shanghai Expatriate Association (SEA), it is now part of my annual schedule to make hospital visits when SEA is alerted to deliver gifts and say hello and offer good wishes for a speedy recovery to all the lovely babies and children who went through successful surgeries that SEA was able to support. Now, I am happy to enlist extra help from Evan Stubbs (SEA Secretary) with whom we represent SEA in making hospital visits.
As a mother of three boys, having been in and out of doctor’s offices and hospital rooms when they were little, I know how painful it is to watch little ones suffer from an illness. When one of my own boys was hospitalized, I spoke to a nurse and asked her if it was depressing to see small children sick. She replied that working with children was more uplifting because they have boundless belief that they will get better soon. Children are hopeful and have innate optimism that things will get better rather than worse. As we grow older, we start letting go of this positive attitude by convincing ourselves that we are becoming more realistic. Yet, attitude is indeed everything. Adults recognize this but it’s the children who embrace it, which is why many find the path to recovery while they are still little.
To all the Heart to Heart babies, boys and girls, SEA wishes you good health that will last not only your childhood but a lifetime. We are honored to be a part of your life’s journey as you grow taller and stronger and healthier.
Here’s to a speedy recovery as you continue embracing hope.
2011年我到上海不久，第一次到访了上海心连心在远大心胸医院的后勤室和活动室。那次是和上海美国人俱乐部（ACS）的女士们一起去送编织的毛毯、帽子和围巾。在去病房之前，我们去后勤室停留了一会儿，那室的后勤室里，东西不像现在的后勤室那么多，但和现在一样，物料的分类和堆放都是井井有序的。当然活动室我们也参观了，孩子们在手术后的恢复期来到活动室玩心爱的玩具，开心的笑容，我觉的这是很有爱的事情。那是我第一次到访上海心连心，却不是最后一次。我作为ACS的志愿者，负责社区外展服务，以及后来的上海外派协会（SEA），到访医院目前已经是我的年度计划的一部分，当SEA通知需要送礼物给手术成功之后的SEA资助的孩子，我就会执行这个任务到访医院和孩子。现在，我很高兴从埃文·斯图布斯（SEA秘书）那里寻求额外的帮助，我们一起代表SEA到医院探访。 作为三个男孩的目前，在他们小时候，进出医生诊室和医院是很经常的事，所以我们理解那种看着小小的孩子因为疾病而受折磨的难受的心情。我曾经在我集中一个儿子住院时问过护士，看着小朋友生病是不是让人情绪很低落。她告诉我，其实和孩子们呆在一起没有想象中的艰难，孩子们总是坚信他们很快就能恢复健康，这会让人感到欣慰和振奋。孩子们的天真、乐观积极的态度会让事情很容易就往好的方向发展。但当我们渐渐长大，孩童时的天真和乐观积极会被我们自认为需要变得成熟或现实后慢慢的摒弃掉。所以，态度决定一些事情。成年人其实意识得到这个问题，但只有孩子们拥抱它，也正因此，很多孩子能够从中受益慢慢的从疾病中康复。 所有上海心连心的孩子们，不论男孩或是女孩，SEA祝愿往后余生你们都健健康康。我们很荣幸在你们的人生旅途之中曾与你们相遇，希望你们健康茁壮地成长。 希望你们继续保持乐观，拥抱希望，尽快恢复健康。 Julie Chun
A New Product for Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart has always sold heart bears as its signature product with the outfits being made by the volunteers. We’ve added other products through the years to help pay for surgeries – our baby bears having lasted the longest (also with clothes made by the volunteers). We were down to just the 2 types of bears, but have now decided to start up cooperation with a fabric company – Michael Jon Designs (MJD). It’s all very new and whether we are just using the fabric or more likely selling donated products is yet to be totally established. Nevertheless, by the beginning of October, you should start seeing some MJD products in our bazaar booths.
Established in 1956 by Arnie Gittelson, Morgan quickly grew from a small California based jobber supplying local manufacturers and designers to a fabric converter with a growing national customer base. In changing its focus, Morgan established itself early on as a premier provider of value oriented, outdoor and designer fabrics to suit any project budget. After opening customer service offices and distribution centers on the US east coast, Morgan opened its international Trading Company in China. Morgan Shanghai is home to regional customer service and sales support for the expanding Asian market. The Shanghai office has two showrooms to view the latest products. Not to forget its roots, Morgan fabrics established Michael Jon Designs a Division of Morgan Fabrics providing specialized service and support to the interior design community. MJD offers a vast selection of decorative and designer fabrics to the interior design, commercial, healthcare and hospitality industries.
We hope you’ll like what you see and buy from our new inventory and our heart bears. Sponsoring surgeries is still what we want to do and we hope this is another way to make that possible. Thanks to our new partner – MJD – for supporting H2H!
Despite living in Shanghai for 6 years, it wasn’t until 2020 that I started to volunteer for Heart to Heart because of other work commitments – but now I wish I had made time sooner! Working on the assembly team once a fortnight has been fun. The camaraderie of all the volunteers is really great – lots of banter, laughter and in the height of summer, a fair bit of sweat too! Karen and DJ’s constant presence makes it extra enjoyable as they are always so upbeat & positive – what an amazing pair they are. For me, the most enjoyable contribution has been the playroom, which is so capably run by Cristina. I have been doing this once a week most weeks and those little ones just bring so much joy to my heart! Seeing their journey from admission to surgery and then recovery, seeing such an improvement in their demeanour and health over that time, has brought me closer to what Heart to Heart is all about. These kids are everything. What a huge difference it makes to their lives and to the lives of their parents and grandparents. Their accompanying family members are also such a joy – they are so grateful for the playroom and the break it gives them and the smile it brings to the kids’ faces. My best memory of the playroom? The mum who was teaching her little girl to play “Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti Do” on the little toy piano and was singing along with her. I went over and started singing along too. Her English was limited but really quite good and we had a great chat with a little help from Google Translate. I asked her if she had ever seen “The Sound of Music” and she hadn’t – so I got it up on YouTube on my phone and played it to her and her daughter – they were totally enthralled! Before I knew it, I had half the playroom gathered around watching Julie Andrews and trying to sing along… I think I played it about 10 times over! One of those surreal but unforgettable moments – in a hospital, in Shanghai, with all these precious children in varying stages of health, getting such a kick out of this classic song! The looks on their faces was priceless.
I will miss H2H – it has brought another dimension to my time here – all too short. My love and best wishes to Karen, DJ and all the volunteers – keep doing the amazing work you do, the lives of so many children have been changed because of your generosity of spirit!
Heart to Heart’s group volunteering program whereby companies, schools and social groups of up to 12 people can volunteer with us in the hospital doing tasks that are helpful to H2H is very popular. It’s great for team building, CSR, etc. Everyone has fun and H2H benefits. But it seems that our groups want to go even further. They want to help us at H2H events. Fantastic! So, we can now take small groups (1-3 people on a shift) at some of our bazaars. You’ll need to register with Karen at least 3 days in advance for this on WeChat (Karen-H2H) so she can sign you up on our official signup sheet, but we’ve already tested the concept with Morgan Stanley and GTB volunteers in September and it was an amazing success. We promise to have an experienced volunteer with you to train you…. all you have to do is bring a fun, giving spirit with you and together we will sell, sell, sell for H2H so we can sponsor more heart surgeries. We look forward to volunteering with you at a bazaar soon!
Firstly, I lived in Shanghai for just over four years. As a child I moved many, many times because of my Dad’s job and so as an adult, moving never concerned me. I shut the door behind me and headed off to the new destination without so much as a backward glance. Upping sticks and moving on was in my blood. That is, until I found myself having to leave Shanghai. Shanghai is intoxicating. What I have loved most is the never ending fascination of daily life in the streets of this unique city. You never know what you’ll see round the next corner. The city will be in my heart forever.
But life is not just about the place. It’s also about the people and that is where Heart to Heart comes in. The time I have spent with Heart to Heart has been wonderful in so many ways. The cause is profoundly moving and to meet the children who have had surgery, both in the hospital and on field trips, is a source of great pleasure. Just as I left, we had one young boy who made his home in the assembly room and each afternoon he headed there, to help, rather than the playroom. He seemed to have a sixth sense about which donations had remote control cars in them! DJ and Karen made him feel welcome in their workspace and turned not a hair at accommodating the youngster in their midst. Quite the opposite, they encouraged him. As they do to all of us, the volunteers who come and go, ships passing in the night. We are welcomed, one and all, our participation is accepted graciously, however great, however small. For that I am truly grateful. DJ, Karen and Nancy you pull off a great achievement, turning the combined effort of so many volunteers doing a variety of tasks into surgeries for the children and for that I take my hat off to you and say a massive thank you.
Tearful again, so it’s time to sign off. Hopefully it’s only ‘goodbye for now’ as I sincerely hope to be back for a field trip once travelling becomes easier again.
Heart to Heart has been receiving in-kind donations from the Swedish company ICA for many years now. They are a favorite with our patients who receive the donated goods and with hospital employees and volunteers who can purchase donated goods (and then the money is used to sponsor children for surgery). We love ICA and always look forward to hearing that they have more samples for us. We received one such donation in August, but now just got a big donation of 1,300 bags of very yummy muesli (45% fruit) to give out in the hospital and sell to volunteers. It arrived just in time to hand out in the wards – to patients, nurses, doctors and staff – the night before the big national day and Mid-autumn festival holiday. It was a huge hit! Perhaps many people didn’t know how to eat it “properly” but soon discovered it was great just out of the bag. You have brought many smiles to the faces of those in the hospital for the holidays – an otherwise rather sad way to spend a happy festival.
Thank you ICA Shanghai Trading. We love cooperating with you!
Despite COVID and the delays it brought about, Katie and Rohan have finally gotten to say their wedding vows. They look great, don’t they? Congratulations to both of you! We are so glad you were able to go ahead with the wedding and are also glad that Katie is still going to continue volunteering for our marketing team from New York as she has for many years. We hope you’ll visit us in Shanghai sometime soon once travel gets easier. Good luck!
Play Golf for Heart to Heart on October 21st!We have been able to secure a partnership with the Australia Chamber to be involved in, and receive some funding, that will be generated at the Austcham Corporate Golf Day on October 21st. If you are, or know some golfing enthusiasts, this event will be an opportunity to have a good day out and practice your skills. To show our support to Austcham it would be ideal if we could have some H2H teams participate in this event. If you are interested in joining please let Allan McDean know (WeChat id – AllanMcD) and we can put a team(s) together. It is also possible to participate individually and be allocated a team spot on the day. Full information regarding the day is on the flyer. We look forward to hearing from the H2H golfers
Featured H2H Volunteer: Steve Thorn
I arrived in Shanghai in December 2018 as my wife had the opportunity of a placement in China. We quickly adapted to Shanghai life and love the energy and excitement of the city as well as the good food! I’m from the U.K. and prior to moving to Shanghai I spent 10 years as a General Manager of a Clinical Research company, managing 7 sites across the UK. We conducted many varied clinical trials on consumer healthcare products. Before this I spent many years in the rail industry in various companies and roles including project management, management of train crews and I also covered the whole of the UK as a lead rail accident, incident investigator. The most challenging role was managing a customer complaints department for unhappy UK rail customers. There is no ideal word to describe how busy it could be. As a secret train geek, I’m enjoying using the extensive and incredible Chinese highspeed rail network. It really is setting global standards for the future of rail travel.
I started volunteering with Heart to Heart in April of this year. I’m enjoying being involved with the assembly and events teams and getting everything set up for weekly events. The enthusiasm and dedication of everyone at H2H is amazing and I have made many new friends and enjoy meeting everyone. I never thought I would ever find myself matching outfits for bears but I really enjoy it. I look forward to several more years in China and being involved in more H2H events.
New Assembly Volunteers Ann Romanelli Sarah Sellars
New Events Volunteers Meiya Qi Tanny Chow
New Knitting and Sewing Volunteers Meiya Qi Saira Atif Siqi Ge Tanny Chow
New Marketing Team Volunteers Jessica Zheng
New Playroom Volunteers Amanda Cheng Demi Wang Janaki Senthilkumar Jean-Olivier de Sauvage Meiya Qi Whitney Li Yan Yu Yina Bao Yinam Lin
New School Team Volunteers Yizhen 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 1,703 children (131 so far in 2020), 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!
WeChat Group Chats:
Assembly Team Events Team Knitting Team Marketing & Promotions Team Playroom Team Schools Team Sewing Group
General Information: Karen Carrington firstname.lastname@example.org Admin: Ella Liu, Karen Carrington, Kyle Lamirande, Mei Kang Assembly Director: DJ Wizniak email@example.com Assembly Team Backup: Jane Bouve & Janine Haefeli Assembly Team Correspondence: Cristina Buron Pust Chinese Language Communication Manager: Kai Tsou Chinese Language Communication Team: Cheng Zhang, Ella Liu, Mei Kang & Yen-ling von Meister CSR and Group Volunteering Manager: Bev Darle firstname.lastname@example.org CSR and Group Volunteering Team: Cristina Buron Pust, DJ Wizniak, Karen Carrington Donations (New and Gently Used Goods): DJ Wizniak email@example.com Events Manager: Harrison Carter firstname.lastname@example.org Events Team Mgmt Back-up/Assistant: Grace Hsu Events Team On-site Manager: recruiting Events Set-up Team: Ingrid Dupper & Steve Thorn Executive Director: Karen Carrington email@example.com Field Trips: Karen Carrington firstname.lastname@example.org Finance Director: Zhang Xiaoguang Finance Team: Amy Lu and Shao Han email@example.com Knitting Manager: Helen Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org Legal Counsel/Director: Zhang Qi Media and Marketing Manager: Allan McDean Media and Marketing Backup: Jenny Hua Minhang Coordinator: recruiting New Volunteer Coordinators: Anh Ly Moellers (new application processing), Ross Abantao (orientations and activations), Marie Murphy (backup for orientations and activations), Karen Carrington (knitters and sewers) email@example.com Newsletter: Debi Carter & Ana Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org Newsletter Proofreader: Karen Carrington On-line Projects Manager: Nancy Kong Playroom Manager: Cristina Buron Pust Processes & Procedures: Jenny Hua & Steve Thorn Project Management: April Shi Rural Library/Sporting Equipment Sponsorship: Karen Carrington email@example.com School Liaison Management Team: Karen Carrington firstname.lastname@example.org School Team: Charlotte McLuskie, Ella Liu, Helen Jiao, Kate Bayles, Melody Huang & Yizhen Mao Sewing Team Mangers: Ingrid Dupper & Marie Blossier Sponsorship & Hospital Visits Managers: Karen Carrington email@example.com Sponsorship & Hospital Visits Team: DJ Wizniak, Helen Anderson, Mei Kang, Nancy Kong, & Steve Lee 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: Mei Kang WeChat Account Backup: Jessica Zheng
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).