We saw a curious little blurb on Shanghai Daily this morning calling all expat children to head over to the Shanghai Discovery Children’s Museum (上海儿童博物) on May 30 to meet kids with leukemia. Our interest piqued, we gave them a call.
Turns out that in preparation for Children’s Day, the Shanghai Blood Center is hosting an event at the Shanghai Discovery Children’s Museum to benefit kids with leukemia, and they’re hoping some expats can attend.
The event will mostly be for fun, according to the organizer. There will be paintings and game booths and all the normal exhibit’s the Children’s Museum has to offer – plus entry will be free, as opposed to their normal price of 20RMB per ticket.
While donations aren’t necessary (they mostly just want a chance to bring together two groups of children that normally wouldn‘t ever meet), the organizer said they’d appreciate any toys… and blood… families may decide to donate.
Why expat blood especially? Probably because Asians are less likely to have a specific type – RH-negative. While the RH-negative type only occurs in three out of every 1000 East Asians, roughly 15% of Caucasians are born with it. The city constantly experiences shortages of RH-negative blood – donating it if you have it could save that rare patient that needs it.
The organizer at Shanghai Blood Center has asked families to RSVP if they want to come along. If you’re interested or know someone who is, call 6208-1395.
Photo from sina.com