140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

China Disabled Performing Art Troupe Surprise


China Disabled Performing Art Troupe Surprise Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles with a Donation to Help Send Patients to Summer Camp

By.Steve Brand, Los Angeles, CA – October 8, 2008 – Over 30 members of the world famous China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe recently gave an inspiring performance of music, dance and acrobatics for patients and family members of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles. The group then surprised everyone with a $15,000 donation to help SHC-LA’s patients attend a week of summer camp at the Painted Turtle Camp for ill children in Lake Hughes, California.
The China Disabled People's Performing Art Troupe (CDPPAT) was founded in 1987 in Beijing, China. There are 88 performers in the CDPPAT, which includes 55 performers with hearing impairments, 28 performers with visually impairments, and 5 performers with physical disabilities. The average age of performers is 18. They come from 25 provinces within China and their nationality is Han, Tibetan, Uigur, Yao, and Hui.
Terry Cunningham, CEO / Administrator of the Los Angeles hospital enthused, “The staff and patients of SHC-LA wish to thank the members of the China Disable People’s Performing Troupe for their generous donation. Their moving performance certainly caught the attention of our patients and instilled within them a sense of hope for the future. Seeing their performance has given our patients renewed encouragement to work harder in achieving their goals once they leave the hospital.”

The troupe is currently on a tour throughout Southern California, most recently performing at the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County. Over the past 20 years they have traveled to more than 40 countries around the world. Their mission is to represent the beauty and humanity of the 600 million people with disabilities around the world.
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