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GIVES Annual Festival of Fun Focuses on Autism again
GIVES International Food and Fun Fair will be held at the iconic Canton Tower venue for the second time on Saturday December 3.

GIVES International Food and Fun Fair will be held at the iconic Canton Tower venue for the second time on Saturday December 3.

The Fair has always been one of the highlights of the Guangzhou social calendar and it is the biggest fundraiser of the year for GIVES, Guangdong International Volunteer Ex-pat Service.

Last year, to mark the charity’s 20th anniversary, GIVES partnered with the Canton Tower for the first time, who held their Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the day. The Tower’s tree will be lit again during this year’s Fair.

More than 7000 people attended enjoying all the traditional treats on offer – fantastic food and great on-stage entertainment.

There is a truly international flavor to both the food and performances with many different parts of the ex-pat community serving up great dishes as well as memorable stage shows. School choirs, disabled school orchestra, bands, and singers share the stage with locals who show off the culture here with tai chi and Cantonese opera.

In terms of support, GIVES works closely with all parts of the international community, from consulate generals to international schools, from Chambers of Commerce to church groups. Through these partners they attract a wide range of participants to deliver the fantastic food and entertainment that ensures that the Fair is one of the most popular social events in the Guangzhou calendar.

GIVES President Rosaline Yam, one of the founders back in 1995, said: “It is a great venue that again offers us the chance to get more people involved, offer an even greater range of food and fun, and reach out to the whole community here in Guangdong, both locals and ex-pats. Last year was unforgettable for all those who got the chance to perform at this iconic venue.

“At GIVES we have the motto of working ‘Hand in Hand’, which means we want to work together with the local community to continue to make a real difference.

“Our current focus is to continue to make a difference in the way autism is treated here in China and we have seen great steps forward in the past couple of years. In recent years, conferences have brought international experts and volunteers to support management, trainers, parents and of course children. Our upcoming projects will focus on the development of long term autism education and clinical training programs to include undergraduate training for both teachers and for parents.”

GIVES works “hand in hand” with a number of autistic centers across the province including Guangzhou Zhi Ling Training School, Baiyun Autism Rehabilitation Service Center, Hai Tong Autism Rehabilitation Service Center and Tai Yang Chuan Autism Rehabilitation Service Center.

This year the Canton Tower Christmas tree will again be lit as the sky darkens over the Pearl River, but this time by the winners of a Wechat competition that will be held on the big screen.

With the Christmas lights to be turned on, don’t bet against a repeat appearance from Santa Claus who enjoyed meeting young and old last year.

The event will run from 11am till 8pm with entrance tickets costing just RMB30 for adults and RMB10 for children.

Raising money for charity has never been more fun, so make a date in your diary and make sure you are at the Canton Tower on December 3 to eat, drink and be ready for a very merry Christmas lights experience. By supporting GIVES you too can start to make a difference.

Time: December 3, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
6 p.m.-7 p.m.: "Ode to Joy" Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Admission: RMB 30 for one adult, RMB 10 for one child
Visitors with the same day Canton Tower Ticket: RMB 20Raffle Ticket: RMB 20
Venue: Canton Tower, Level 2 Outdoor Plaza, Haizhu District

Anyone wanting to know more about GIVES can visit where those wanting to take part in the International Food and Fun Fair can find the participation forms for both stallholders and performers. The date to submit for participation has been extended. Participation forms will be accepted up until this Thursday, Dec. 1.
Editor:Joanna You
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