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Roundabout appeals for urgent help to save leukemic You Xinyu

Roundabout, an NGO started by Leslie Simpson and now run by a team of volunteers of different nationalities in Beijing, is calling for emergency donations for 11-year-old You Xinyu who is scheduled to have stem cell transplant on September 25th but do not have the 250,000 yuan deposit needed for her surgery to proceed.

You Xinyu. Photo: Courtesy of Roundabout

You Xinyu is one of many children Roundabout is helping through their charity store. The girl was abandoned at birth and was lucky enough to have found home with her loving parents, only to be struck down again by leukemia.

Her parents, both migrant workers with a meagre monthly earning of 2,000 yuan together, have sold their apartment and borrowed money from all their relatives and friends to help pay for the little girl’s treatment. But they simply don’t have enough.

It was the doctors at the Yanda hospital where You Xinyu was being treated that contacted Roundabout in a last ditch effort to get donations for the girl. The hospital has previously helped her to find her birth parents and fortunately she has found a perfect match for the transplant in her elder sister. All she needs now is the deposit money so that she can have her surgery.

“Without it, You Xinyu will die.” The consequence is as simple as it is dire. And right now she is still 200,000 yuan short of meeting the 250,000 target. Roundtable is seizing every opportunity it could to help raise money for the girl. Most of its funds come from store sales and some come from donations. This time, as the date is pushing nearer, Roundtable is asking people to kindly donate directly.

Their store, the first of its kind in China, which is located at Shunyi, the northeastern suburb of Beijing, is open six days a week from Monday to Friday where they take cash donations. Information on how to donate to the Roundtable bank account could be found on this webpage: http://www.roundaboutchina.com/appeal-for-help-to-save-you-xinyu

The charitable organization has enjoyed a fine reputation in the six years of providing free service to people in need. It receives items not only from the expats living in Beijing, but also from embassies as well. Many of its volunteers are foreigners who willingly give away their time for the good cause.

A video of You Xinyu and her family was posted on Roundtable’s Weibo to help with the fundraising, which could be viewed here. For further information about Roundtable, please go to their website here.

 


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