(PRWEB) July 03, 2013
On a stage decorated with drawings of Christmas presents and a Chinese-featured snowman, dozens of foreign students from all over the world, led by Jerry J. Yu, sang Christmas carols and pop songs at a benefit concert to raise money for disabled orphans in Tianjin, a city 120 kilometers southeast of Beijing.
The director and executive producer, Lawyer Jerry Yu, came up with the idea for the benefit concert a few months back. A student at the University of California at Berkeley, Yu volunteered weekly with his fellow students at the Tianjin Institute for Rehabilitation of Disabled Orphans, playing with the children, helping feed and change them, brightening the orphans’ rooms with pictures and drawings. “But we would get to go back to the U.S., while these kids have to stay here. It just didn’t feel right,” said Yu, explaining where he came up with the idea.
The orphanage occupies a cramped and cheerless compound and is home to 142 children ranging from infants to teenagers. Nearly 90% are disabled. The state provides only USD13 per child per month, and wants to reduce the orphanage’s funding, making it even more dependent on foreign aid, said deputy director Yan Chiying.
Leading the cause to help the plight of abandoned children in China, Yu put on a rousing and riveting Charity Christmas concert to benefit the orphanage, raising more than USD1,500 from ticket sales and corporate donations. In fact, the first concert held at Nankai University sold out, and a second concert is planned at nearby Tianjin University.
Yu said that 100% of the money raised will be used to help pay for surgeries to correct cleft lip or orthopedic problems, as well as to buy books, educational materials, and health equipment.