Thank You to everyone who supported us this past year! We wish you all the best of a wonderful Christmas and relaxing start to 2019!
In September Kim and Julie decided to host a 'Spring Clean' Fundraiser. Named 'What's in your Closet', we asked our friends (and their friends!) in Auckland to check through their closets and cupboards for good quality items to donate for us to sell.
The fundraiser was held in Kim's home on a beautiful, warm and sunny Saturday afternoon. The ladies brought along good quality pre-loved goodies, and at the same time searched through other donated items for gorgeous pieces to purchase for a small price. Most items were sold for $5 (except for new clothes), and we had an amazing array of colourful pieces of clothing, as well as side tables, DVD's, books etc. Some of the clothing donated still had tags on and had never been worn.
Also available on the day was an impressive hamper to be won and delicious cake to eat with tea or coffee - congrats to Silia for winning the hamper! At the end of an afternoon chatting, supping tea and eating chocolate or carrot cake; the ladies went home with the clothes they had discovered at the swap; all at great prices.
All items not sold on the day were packaged ready to be sold online. And yes you guessed it; proceeds from all sales are to help a young baby receive much needed heart surgery. So thanks to everyone who donated, purchased or shared about our Fundraiser!
Why not host a 'What's in your Closet' Yourself!
This is such a simple, fun way for you and your friends to fundraise, and you might get some great new gear at the same time. Clear out your cupboards; have your friends do the same and then get-together for a fun afternoon (or evening) of swapping and raising funds over a cuppa or wine.
If you decide to host a fundraiser to help raise funds for Orphans in need, let us know!
Travelling around a city with over 21 million residents can have it's challenges. While walking down the street from our hotel in Beijing recently, we found alternatives to the usual cars and bicycles we normally see around the city.
No doubt these vehicles (except for the push-bike & cart) are handy and zippy for busy, city life. And of course great for parking in tight spots!
Sacrifice. That's what the February Challenge is for Paul and I. A month to give up and go without, so that we can help to provide nourishment or surgeries for orphans who desperately need it.
It's a challenge for us, as we don't spend regularly on coffees, lunches, going out. But as we discovered last year when we decided to participate in the February Challenge, there are treats we can do without.
So this February, we are doing similar .... giving up on the little treats we allow ourselves throughout the year. That means a month with no chocolate, wine, takeaways, special cheeses - and to challenge ourselves even more this year we are giving up meat a few times as well. At the end of February, we will donate what we haven't spent on these luxuries over the month.
So what will your Challenge be this February?
It doesn't have to be a month; perhaps you could sacrifice for a week or two. Alternatively do something different to raise funds rather than go without. Every little bit helps so whatever you do, remember that you are helping to provide for children that have no way of providing for themselves. You can easily make a difference.
On our recent trip to visit, we were fortunate enough to have extra luggage allowance with the airline. This enabled us to pack and take a bag full of goodies for the children, without compromising on our own luggage requirements.
So after travelling 16 hours 25 minutes in the air and 6 hours 20 minutes on a train (plus a number of taxi rides) the black bag finally arrived at it's final destination.
The really cute things is that each child chose a particular jumper and insisted on wearing it, even though the temperature was approximately 26deg that day. (Sorry we aren't able to post pictures).
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In just a few short weeks, we will be heading up for another visit. It's been two years since our last trip, and there has been a lot of changes during that time.
Some of the children have been adopted and new children have come into the Home. The beds are never empty for long. Also a few of our dear friends have left the country and moved on to new ventures.
And there is a whole new Foster Home to visit. Last time we visited, the Home was set up and ready but empty of children. We were taken on a tour of the new facilities, and sat in the lounge with the Directors discussing their plans for this new Home. Then together we prayed into their vision, for the children and for the key staff that were still required.
A few months after we arrived back in Auckland, the staff were found and the first of the children arrived. It will be exciting to see this new Home full of love, laughter and children waiting for their forever families to find them.
So it will again be a trip full of newness ... meeting new children, and making new friends with the staff and volunteers. And no doubt there will be other new things to discover once we arrive.
We are excited!
We are looking for good quality, pre-loved items to sell at Garage Sales or Online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have unwanted goods you'd like to donate to us.
One of the most enjoyable experiences of being in Beijing is the food - Paul and I particularly like to wander through hutongs (alleyways) and find tiny eating places with tasty, enjoyable foods.
Back in Auckland, we've found a restaurant that reminds us of the delicious local food we have eaten in Beijing, and we'd love to share this dining experience with you. The Chef at this restaurant learnt his trade at the prestigious Quanjude restaurant in Beijing - a famous Peking Duck restaurant.
Included in the price are a buffet of delicious Chinese dishes, and endless chai (tea). Soft drinks will be available for purchase, and you are welcome to BYO wine or beer.
And as usual, funds raised will be donated to help an orphan with medical needs. Bookings close on 12 August, and you can book here.
Below is a story from one of our supporters, Rebecca:
I have always felt a connection to the nation of China. I was raised in a multi ethnic family, being second youngest of 10 children - 8 of whom were adopted. Among us were several part Chinese children including myself.
One of my biological parents was born in China and fled to NZ in their young adult years. Of course I didn’t know the story till years later so in the meantime I was curious about my Chinese heritage and eyed up every Asian wondering if they were relatives of mine.
Anything to do with China and I was instantly drawn, I just felt a connection. I also learned about the one child policy and was filled with sorrow. Had I been born in China itself and a few years later, being female things could have been very different for me. I understood that there were many “orphans” in China who were discarded for being the wrong gender or something wrong with them in the eyes of their parents. For some it came down to a financial decision. They simply could not afford the care of special needs children or they did not want the stigma. A healthy male child was the desired offspring!
I did start sponsoring children through aid agencies but somehow a Chinese child never came up, and it was always at the back of my mind that there is where my heart truly lay. I was fortunate to have a wonderful upbringing in NZ, there must be something I can do to help the lives of little ones in China.
When I met Paul and Julie and heard about their stories visiting Orphans in China though James Orphan Care International, it really struck a chord with me and I wanted to be a part of the kiwi team helping children in China.
My monthly sponsorship isn’t great but I know it all helps and that it gets to the right place. My donations will benefit and improve the quality of life for orphans in Asia. Many of them have medical needs that would otherwise go uncared for. I am kept up to date with emails and by following the Facebook page.
I feel blessed to be able to help in this small way, with something that is close to my heart. Rebecca
We love to hear from our sponsors, so if you have a special story related to James OCI you'd like to share with us, email Julie at email@example.com
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Paul & Julie Averes are passionate about helping Orphans. They travel yearly to visit orphans and to assist and encourage those who care for orphans.