Founding board member of Zhuhai NGO the CTC, Mark Clayton, became a 2019 Peace Laureate receiving the Sino-Phil Asia International Peace Award in the Field of Philanthropy.
2019年3月6日早上，Mark在马尼拉与其他获奖者一起聚集在Dr. Jose Rizal的塑像前，进献花圈并鸣21响礼炮。纪念典礼结束后，Mark一行受邀参观总统府邸马拉卡南宫并享用午餐。晚间举行的颁奖仪式上，获奖者们上台领奖并发表演说。Mark指出，这是他一生中最伟大的时刻之一， “这个奖项对我意义重大，它是对CTC每一位伙伴，多年来在助力中国南部贫困儿童事业上不懈努力的认可。这将使我们团结一心，为给孩子们提供更好的人生起步而加倍努力”。
On March 6, 2019 in Manila, Mark assembled with fellow laureates in the morning at the statue of martyr Dr. Jose Rizal for a wreath laying ceremony and 21-gun salute, after this tribute a courtesy call was made to the Presidential Malacañang Palace for a tour and lunch. In the evening was the Gala Award Ceremony where the laureates received their medals and delivered their speeches. Mark called it one of the greatest moments in his life so far adding, “This award means so much to me, it recognises the continued hard work that everyone in the CTC has done over the years to benefit underprivileged children in South China and will make all of us in the community Come Together and work even harder to give all children the best start in life that we can.”
Mark Clayton于2005年自英国东北部的赫克瑟姆来到中国广州，从2011年起，成为参与CTC慈善组织筹建和发展的重要成员。期间通过一年一度的珠海“一起来慈善音乐节” ，募集了超过25万美金的善款。今年将是慈善音乐节的第八个年头。该项活动在不收取任何管理费的情况下，完全透明的累计帮助了超过1000名珠海贫困学生，孤儿和自闭症儿童。
From Hexham in the North-East of England, Mark arrived in Guangzhou, China in 2005, and has been an integral part of the founding and growth of the CTC charity since 2011, which through its annual ‘Come Together Charity Music Festival’ in Zhuhai, now in it’s 8th year, has raised over USD $250,000 transparently with zero administrative fees to help 1000s of underprivileged school children, orphans and autistic children in Zhuhai.
Accepting the Peace Award Mark dedicated it to the hard work of the entire CTC board, all the volunteers and the wider community. He closed his speech by saying, “whatever you do, try to do something, to help someone else, to help children, because we today, but the children are tomorrow”.
The 8th Annual Come Together Charity Music Festival will be held on Saturday November 16th, 2019.
About the CTC
The Come Together Community (CTC) charity organization (NGO No. 52440400336395704P) is based on the concept giving, founded by a group of like-minded expats wanting to motivate and inspire people to give back to the community they call home. Each year, CTC hosts the event Come Together, South China’s premier charity music festival, bringing people together from all cultures and different walks in life to celebrate music while also raising funds for charity. CTC prides itself on being 100% transparent with the financials concerning the money accumulated and subsequently where it has been donated. In 2018, with an attendance of over 1500 people we raised an amazing RMB 359,736.77 (USD 53,692) for the local charities! For more information please visit http://ctcommunity.org/.
About the Sino Phil Asia International Peace Awards Foundation
Established in Manila, Philippines, the SINO PHIL ASIA INTERNATIONAL PEACE AWARDS FOUNDATION, INC. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all humanity.
It was founded by healthcare professionals, academics, artists, journalists, policymakers and philanthropists from around the world with the mission of pooling their collective resources to empower leaders of peace from distinguished individuals to institutions. For more information please visit www.sinophilpeace.com.