SHANGHAI, China — Ford volunteers enjoyed an afternoon of “family activities” with primary school students as part of the 2013 Ford Global Week of Caring activities in China.
Co-organized with Non-Profit Incubator (NPI) and Tree of Love, two Shanghai-based NGOs, “Ford Cute Kids” brought together 50 Ford volunteers and 20 children whose parents are migrant workers in Shanghai, to have an afternoon of fun at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.
Volunteers paired up with children to form 20 nuclear families and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and games, as another ten volunteers served as judges and supporting crew.
The chemistry between “family” members was certainly felt by volunteers and the children through playing these games, which were carefully orchestrated by the organizers.
“We’ve had a great event. There are some great kids here, and they’ve done a good job organizing the event,” said John Larsen, APA Product Strategy Senior Manager. “We can really mix with the kids and have some close association with them. They’ve organized some great games so we had lots of fun with the kids. It’s been a great event!”
Besides Ball Relay and Fun Parody games, students were asked to share their dreams with the audience as part of the “Inspirational Talks” activity.
“I want to be a scientist,” said 10-year-old Wang Bo. “I hope I can get into the science society after years of hard studying. I think I can really help build a better world by becoming a scientist.”
Apart from indoor games, “parents” and children were also encouraged to step out and have a little tour around the campus, as outdoor tasks for each family included talking to strangers and dancing or singing with them. Each student got some stationery as a prize after the activities.
Volunteers were grateful to have some quality time with the children, and to make them smile.
“I think it’s a great event. The best part is the kids having fun, lots of laughing, lots of actions,” said Fadi Mawal, CHN Profit Analysis, “It’s good to see that we can bring smiles to the kids’ faces. Good group activities! Good team work!”
Children and their “parents” interacting with strangers in outdoor activities.
Volunteers forming "families" with the children.