TV film as Norfolk man changed one million lives
A documentary about the amazing story of Norwich-based charity Care for Children’s dream to foster one million children in China will be premiered tomorrow night on Sky TV.
Children of Shanghai will premiere on the Sky Documentaries channel on June 1, International Children’s Day, at 7pm.
Bear Grylls narrates this documentary feature about China’s first generation of foster children. Now working in technology, finance, tourism, arts and sports, these young professionals reveal how they moved on from life in orphanages to achieve success and, in a series of touching reunions, their foster parents recall their battles to help them overcome prejudice and serious developmental difficulties.
Bear tells the extraordinary story of former Norfolk social worker, Dr Robert Glover, who, together with his wife Elizabeth and their six young children, and motivated by their Christian faith, moved from the UK to China in 1998, and founded the charity Care For Children. This was the first joint venture social welfare project between the British and Chinese governments and it has placed almost a million Chinese orphans with families.
Filmed in Shanghai, Beijing and Chengdu, with unprecedented access to all levels of Chinese society, this is a powerful and inspiring testament to the power of international cooperation and human compassion.
Bear Grylls, Care for Children’s Ambassador, and narrator of the documentary, said: “Care for Children’s Founder and Executive Director, Robert Glover, is a friend and true hero of mine. Many children’s lives in Asia have been impacted by having a loving, local family to call their own.”
Dr Robert Glover, founder and Executive Director of Care for Children, said: “A million children is a remarkable achievement, but it’s hard to get your head around sometimes. This documentary gives an incredible insight into how life-changing family care was for just five of that million.
"All of our work is dependent on the faithful support and friendship of donors like FW Properties (the Norfolk-based gold sponsor of the film).”
You can watch a 90 second trailer on www.childrenofshanghai.com.
If you don't have Sky TV, a pay-per-view option will also be available from June 1 on Vimeo's On Demand service here.
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