By Grace Deng
On March 17, 2018, Shanghai American School’s Baobei Club hosted their annual Shanghai Charity Race. Meant as a fun scavenger hunt activity based off of the popular reality TV show “The Amazing Race,” teams raced around the Jinqiao-Kerry area, doing activities and finding clues along the way.
“It was a fun time to bond with friends and help out a charity,” said Isabelle, a participant.
Despite some hiccups along the way, such as having to stall the first place winners because they reached the second to last activity before set up at the finish line began, Baobei members were pleased by how smoothly the race ran. “You all killed it today and I could not be more proud,” the club president Adeena Liang told Baobei members at the end of the race, beaming. “Thanks so much for everything!”
First place went to a team of three seniors: Annabel, Julia, and Isabel. They won a free Shangri-La buffet worth over 1000 kuai and an employee store pass at Nike. According to the team, knowing the area well was key to their success. Second place went to juniors Rena and Carlos, a team of two who overcame the odds stacked up against them. They took home two Nike employee store passes. Finally, third place went to team “Jungle Gym:” Marcus, Devin, and David. They won KFC coupons.
As there were extra Nike employee passes, Baobei’s executive team decided to give prizes out for a plethora of different superlatives. The three winners all got extra Nike passes, winning most competitive, funniest team, and most creative in that order. Other superlatives include cutest team, won by Ms. Ballon, the club sponsor, and her sons, and most hardworking, won by juniors Paul, Gordon, and William.
Baobei was able to raise over 6000 RMB to help baby orphans in need through the Shanghai Charity Race, which to the Baobei members, was the most fulfilling part of the whole experience.