On December 11, 2021, Shekou was once again turned into a sea of Santas for the GPA Global Santa Run, with some serious festive style on display; and what a day it was!
150 registered Santas and 30 SCIE volunteers arrived to run or marshal the 3KM course around Shenzhen Bay in red shirts and Santa hats, in a tremendous show of support for the work we do.
This overwhelming response from the Shenzhen community, for Captivating’s 4th Annual Santa Run, once again leaves us speechless. Despite the restricted COVID-related numbers, we were delighted that we had our fastest-selling event to date, with tickets selling out in just three hours and it was a joy to see both spectators and partakers enjoying themselves in the Christmas spirit!
After the event, over 53 children were able to meet certified Santa himself, Tim, and each received a gift, courtesy of our event partner ZURU. This wonderful day was then brought to a close with all our festive favorites sung by the amazing Ariel, Jenny & Ashley.
We’d like to thank all who participated in the event, with a special congratulations to the Santa Run winners, who received trophies and medals on the podium.
The Santa Run raises money to support the work of Captivating and its Chinese registered charity partners through the Shenzhen Charity Federation. Programs include educational support for young girls, financial support for Volunteer Teachers Program, My First Job Program, giving them the potential to grow a business and lift themselves out of poverty.
A huge THANK YOU to our naming Gold Sponsor, GPA Global, who sponsored our 4th Santa Run. Without your support, this event would not have been possible. We really can’t thank you enough!
We would have been lost without our incredible English MC Tom Simpson and Chinese MC Chuqi Luo and finally, the 30 energetic student volunteers from SCIE led by the wonderful Gary Ellis.
OUR MEDIA AND EVENT PARTNERS, AND THE SHENZHEN COMMUNITY
We’d also like to offer a big THANK YOU to our event partners HERE!, Donguan, That’s PRD, Now Shenzhen, In Bene, and Urban Family for promoting the event!
Finally, a big thanks to the Shenzhen Bay Management, who provided a venue for the Santa Run; to the local police, who ensured a safe and orderly environment for all those who participated; and Vista-SK Medical Centre for attending to all medical needs.
We hope you had as much fun as we did, and we wish you all a Merry Christmas! See you again next year (when we hope to be back up to full 700 runners again!!)