Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Annual Shanghai United Foundation charity event supported by British Consul General John Edwards

Zorikto Gomboin, globaltimes.cn

Image from article, with caption: John Edwards, British Consul General in Shanghai, leads his team on the 50-kilometer walk in a chicken costume.

E.G.G Walkathon, a charity hiking event aimed at creating equal opportunities and providing nourishment for children from poor migrant families, started in Shanghai in 2011 as a charity challenge. "If I walk 50 kilometers, would you donate one egg every day for children in poverty stricken areas?"
The focus of the event has since been expanded into education, social integration and safety. This year, the British Consulate General in Shanghai decided to participate while also raising the stakes. John Edwards, British Consul General in Shanghai, recently delivered on his New Year's promise by leading his team on a 50-kilometer walk ... in a chicken costume! ...
GT: Do you have other charity events planned in the future? What do you think about diplomacy development in Shanghai?
Edwards: We have a charity committee at the consulate, we run charity events throughout the year and make donations. In general, people are becoming more engaged in charity events. There was a time when diplomacy was very traditional and characterized as "high diplomacy." Those diplomats were disengaged from the general public of the country they had been sent to, and spoke only with local politicians and government officials on political, economic and investment issues. However, there is a growing trend of prioritizing public diplomacy, talking to people and trying to bring people together. We are only a handful of diplomats, and we understand that the ties between China and the UK are so much more than just our work. We do our best bringing people together and creating a positive environment for these ties to prosper. ...

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