DJ Wizniak: Career Volunteer
Since 2013 DJ has volunteered, nearly full-time, at Heart to Heart Shanghai, a charity which provides corrective surgery for Chinese children with congenital heart disease whose parents are unable to afford the surgery which would result in the children dying due to failing hearts or secondary causes.
DJ joined when the group volunteering program started in mid 2013, and today sits on the Board of Directors. When DJ joined, Heart to Heart Shanghai had saved the lives of just over 400 children, Since he has joined, the charity has saved the lives of over 1,600 additional children, and improved the quality of life of thousands of families in rural village communities.
His creative work with Toby Simkin’s Broadway Entertainment gives him the flexibility, and indeed is encouraged by the company, to allow this effort.
Amongst other things, DJ is an active Board of Directors member and leads management teams. He manages logistics and assembly room where he supervises other volunteers. He facilitates sponsor/donor visits with children who are recovering from heart surgery. He prepares sales kits for events to raise money for future surgeries. He coordinates with companies for donated goods (often in the hundreds of boxes from generous retailers), and he works at various events raising cash for surgeries by selling Heart to Heart merchandise. He supports field trips to local villages to donate stationary kits, books, computers, libraries and other essentials while following up on previous surgery recipients within the local village community. Ongoing, DJ shares the Heart to Heart Shanghai story and cultivates future volunteers.
Unlike most other charities, Heart to Heart Shanghai is 100% voluntary, where 100% of all donations and dollars go directly to support the charity programs with $0 administration budget. Indeed, volunteers pay for the privilege to volunteer, requiring each volunteer to pay for their own travel and expenses for hospital and field trips to local villages.
Everyone loves this Canadian boy…