On March 18, Harrow International School Beijing will host the third edition of the Harrowthon 10km charity fun run to benefit Fengtai Orphanage. Taking place at Harrow’s Lower School in Grassetown from 10am to noon, runners of all ages and skill levels – as well as Harrow students and faculty – are expected to turn out for the run.
Fengtai Orphanage supports kids with disabilities and specializes in constructive surgery to fix cleft palates. The money raised from Harrowthon 2012 will fund operations for two babies: Zhao Changhao and Zhao Pusi.
Zhang Changhao is a 3-month-old baby boy with a cleft lip and a cleft palate. The orphanage hopes to get him his first surgery in March and another operation in September to take care of both problems. These procedures are expected to cost RMB 10,000.
Zhao Pusi is a 13-month old baby girl who has hydrocephalus, also known as “water in the brain.” The condition is caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the brain, which can result in increased pressure within the skull, progressive enlargement of the head, convulsions, tunnel vision, mental disabilities, and – in some cases – death. Little Pusi’s operation to remove the fluid from her brain would cost at least RMB 40,000.
Last year, the school raised about RMB 4,000 for the Special Commune Farm. This year, Harrow is aiming high with a target of RMB 50,000 – the amount required to fund both operations.
For more information or to sign up for Harrowthon 2012, visit www.harrowbeijing.cn or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries are also welcome on the day of the run.
Photo courtesy of Harrow International School Beijing