Harvard Group seeks to help orphan
Cambridge MA (Nov. 1, 2005) An inspiring story about a diverse group at Harvard united by a shared concern: As candy-seeking children traipsed across the city yesterday evening to celebrate Halloween, a group of 30 members of Harvard China Care (HCC) went trick-or-treating for a different reason: to save Chinese orphan Fu Jinjin’s life.
The trick-or-treating fundraiser fits with HCC’s mission of helping orphaned and special-needs children in China.
“There are endless medical procedures needed by these Chinese orphans but there are only a lucky few that we find out about,” HCC Co-President Aidan S. Madigan-Curtis said.
Last year, the group mounted a comparable effort and managed to raise $1,531 for a heart operation which ended up saving the life of Chinese orphan Guo Yanfei.
Guo is now eight years old and, thanks in large part to the efforts of the HCC trick-or-treaters, leads a normal life.
HCC members come from different backgrounds but, as Madigan-Curtis said, “they share an interest in issues related to Asian and Chinese cultures.”
According to Madigan-Curtis, the group is made up of three categories of members: 25 who organize a bi-monthly playgroup for adopted Chinese orphans in Cambridge’s First Church basement, about 10 volunteers each year who go to China over the summer to work first-hand with orphans, and 18 other members who work regularly to secure funding for the group.