Good food is one of life’s true joys, and when it’s in a good cause it tastes even better. After last year’s hugely successful event, Cook-for-Hope is back at the Green T House on April 27.
The event follows the format of popular TV shows like Masterchef, with teams competing to produce a delicious lunch for the guests. They will be judged on taste, culinary skill, presentation and team spirit, with 70 percent of the marks decided by voting and 30 percent by a panel of expert judges. The panel this year includes our very own Pauline van Hasselt, who, when she’s not being a mom and an ace reporter for beijingkids, is also a professional chef.
Guests will also hear from Joyce and Robin from Love for Orphans, who will talk about their work supporting babies and children who have been abandoned due to their illnesses. One such child is baby Han, who though he looks healthy and cherubic, has a serious heart condition and needs surgery which will cost over RMB 100,000.
Tickets have already sold out, except for an eight-person VIP ticket. However you can still help Baby Han, by buying gifts donated by the sponsors. Scan the QR code below to enter the shop:
Students from Beijing’s international community have been getting involved too. Emma Xu and Kelly Zhou, students at the International School of Beijing (ISB), have been giving up their holidays to earn money by painting. They used the money they earned to buy materials to paint the fences at New Hope Orphanage and the School for Migrant Children. They’ve also donated money toward Han’s surgery, and for another boy at New Hope who needs an operation.
Cook-for-Hope is jointly organized by Love for Orphans and the Rotary Club of Beijing Chaoyang, supported by China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. 27 April, 10.30am – 2pm, Green T House, 318 Shunbai Lu, Hegezhuang Village, Cuigezhuang, Chaoyang District 朝阳区 崔各庄乡合各庄村顺百路318号. Contact: Leslie (150 1078 3218) or Liyin (139 1130 0645), email：firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: courtesy of Cook-For-Hope