During the annual Black Tie dinner of the Shanghailanders this past December, members and guests dug deep into their pockets and raised some 12,000RMB / 1,400US$ in aid of the Shanghai Young Bakers (SYB) http://www.shanghaiyoungbakers.com/.

SYB is a charity programme providing free training in French bakery to marginalised Chinese youths aged 17 to 23, enabling them to find qualified jobs and lead independent lives after graduation.

SYB empowers disadvantaged young adults who had to drop out of school because of their family situation (parents’ death, sickness, disability or imprisonment) and are excluded from stable employment, and the Shanghailanders B&B 272 are proud to be associated with this charity.

Executive Director of SYB, together with Hanns Michel President and Howard Bennett Club Secretary of the Shanghailanders B&B272, along with the student’s pastry products.

Text and image courtesy of Howard Bennett