And now news of a barbecue of a different, and much more solemn and purposeful nature – I received word late yesterday from several friends that there will be an emergency fundraising BBQ for their friend Xiao Hua, whom was the victim of a hit and run here in Suzhou on Sunday and is now in a coma.
The Suzhou Bookworm, which always seems quick to respond with an altruistic heart, is hosting the event. The details from the event page on Facebook:
Dear friends and patrons,
On Sunday July 6th, The Bookworm will be hosting a BBQ dinner to raise funds for our dear friend Xiao Hua.
Xiao Hua was the victim of a hit and run on Moye Lu on Sunday. She sustained severe head injuries that left her in a coma. Friends and family have managed to cover the initial costs of surgery and treatment, but at this critical stage of her recovery we must turn to the community for additional support. The proceeds of the barbecue will go towards the estimated 100,000 RMB in medical expenses.
Your 200 RMB donation will entitle you to a fantastic barbecue platter, a selection of fresh salads and sides, 2 draft pints (or soft drinks) and our sincere gratitude for the part you’ll be playing in saving Xiao Hua’s life.
Thank you for you support
Time & Place
Date: Sunday, July 6, 2008
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Suzhou Bookworm (off Shi Quan Jie) – map
Street: Gun Xiu Fang # 77, Shi Quan Street
City/Town: Suzhou, China
A tragic reminder that as much as we can joke about the crazy drivers in China – they do represent a real danger that we should all be mindful of.