Sino-USA Next Generation Foundation fundraiser hopes to ease trip to ‘Cliff School’ in China

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The Little Flowers Dance group will perform at the fundraiser. It includes, back row from left, Nancy Zhang, Lorna Ding, Fancy Chase, Serena Plankis, and front row, Yaya Wang, Enya Butler, Chelsea Chen and Lina Lu. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

Children in the remote Chinese village of Da-Liang risk their lives daily to get to school. Their three-hour journey includes climbing a set of nearly-vertical ladders up a mountain to reach the campus.

A local group wants to change that.

“The Indy chapter (of the Sino-USA Next Generation Foundation) is driving a fundraising campaign for the ‘Cliff School’ with a campaign goal of $200,000 to help the village to build a safer way for these kids to go to school, either by a road from the back of the mountain or a ski-lift,” event organizer Jingli Zhang, a Carmel resident, stated in an email.

The fundraiser will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at 6304 East 82nd St. Cost is $100 per person. The event will include dinner, and guests are asked to register in advance.

“The dinner will be a Chinese traditional banquet,” Zhang said. “We are planning a 10-course meal of a type many non-Chinese Americans have read about, but never experienced, and which will be a rare treat for local Chinese Americans.”

The event will also include entertainment.

“Some of the anticipated performances, all by local volunteers, will include Chinese banner and ribbon dances, Lion Dancers, Tai Chi demonstrations, Chinese dance performances by groups ranging from elementary school-age students, groups of dancers comprised of local Chinese-American professionals, including doctors, scientists,  engineers and real estate professionals, and Chinese orchestral performances,” Zhang said. “It will be a wonderful opportunity for cross-cultural sharing for a worthy educational cause.”

SNGF was founded in 2009 by a group of IT professionals, doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs of Chinese background to help poor but high-achieving children in rural China afford, continue and finish secondary education through educational scholarships, Zhang stated.

For more information or to register, visit fornextgen.org.

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