The Walt Disney World Company announced today that they will be making a $3.1 million dollar (20 million RMB) donation to fund Disney-themed play spaces and therapeutic play activities at children’s hospitals across China. This was to celebrate the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort. The announcement was made by Bob Iger, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The donation is part of a five year program, which will provide more than 50 hospitals in China with play rooms and therapeutic play activities. Part of the donation will include Shanghai Disneyland theme park tickets to support children and their families as they undergo and recover from treatment.
The Shanghai Charity Foundation will administer the donations for children’s hospitals in and around Shanghai, and the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation will be administering for hospitals in the rest of China. The play curriculum and training will be under the control of Right To Play, a non-profit organization that uses the power of play to educate and empower children.
Bob Iger said:
“In honor of the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort, we are creating a bit of Disney magic where it is needed most. With our gift of 20 million RMB and tickets to our new theme park, we hope to bring happiness and laughter to children and families in hospitals across the country by creating opportunities to play and spend quality time together”
Jiang Zhongyi who is Director of Shanghai Children’s Medical Center said, “Over the past few years, the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center has built several children’s play spaces with support from The Walt Disney Company,”
Disney’s has been supporting children’s hospitals since the 1930’s when Walt Disney would visit with children, often accompanied by Disney characters and animators. Currently the donations include millions of dollars in grants and donations which provide play spaces, theme park tickets, first-run movies, care packages, in-kind support, and hospital visits from beloved Disney characters. The group Disney VoluntEARS have made more than 150 hospital visits and benefited more than 12,000 children and their families.
This makes me prouder to be a Disney addict, how about you?