On Nov 20, 2016, ACCEF held the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Banquet, a grand gathering of nearly 180 philanthropists, sponsors, volunteers, and friends.
After ACCEF Chairman and President introduced ACCEF’s mission, organizational structure, current projects, and work teams, the head of Student Projects team gave a detailed presentation of what projects ACCEF has taken on in 2016.
One-on-One Rainbow project currently has 160 sponsors to fund nearly 250 students. They are mainly elementary, middle school, and high school students, and a few college students. One of the sponsored students, Mr. Liu, was recently admitted to Tsinghua University, a top university in China. In a letter to ACCEF, he wrote, “for a while, Tsinghua University was just a beautiful but remote dream, and now it has come true. In this long and struggling journey, there was so much pain. However, thanks to ACCEF’s companionship, I’ve never felt lonely all these years!
Care Class project, with the generosity from San Diego Lion’s Club, a long time ACCEF sponsor, and 40 Qualcomm employees, is able to establish 2 classes: one middle school class of 50 students in Zhaojue Middle School, and one high school class of 50 students in Ethnicity High School.
Proud Students project not only provides financial support to nearly 50 high schoolers and college students, but also help them with counseling seminars on how to study efficiently, improve communication skills, and make career planning.
Special Needs project funded book shelves for Qilong Elementary School Library in WeiNing County, Guizhou Province, book shelves, tables, and chairs for Wumen Ling Middle School Library in Huichuang County, Jiangxi Province, rooftop repair for Panlong Elementary school in Daofu County, Sichuan Province.
The Award Ceremony at the Banquet highlighted Ms. Linda Mok’s Lifetime Dedication Award, Ms. Yaofang Fu’s Outstanding Volunteer Award, and Mr. Ran Lu’s Outstanding Volunteer Award. Ms. Mok was the one of the founding members and had served as Chairwomen a few times ever since. She has not only dedicated herself but also her entire family to the establishment and development of the Foundation. She is the reason why many volunteers join and stay in the cause. The Foundation thanks Ms. Fu and Mr. Lu, senior volunteers, the long-term heads of the Student Project group, for many years at the most tedious front line of work. They have spent thousands of hours in finding sponsors, managing students’ information, communicating with sponsors and local volunteers in China, and travelling to remote areas to get first-hand information about sponsored students.
Towards the end, the Foundation also recognized Youth Care Club’s active members. They are the young generation of volunteers, participating in San Diego local community events, organizing College Conference for local high school students, and fundraising for underprivileged students in China.