Dear Family and Friends,
As the year starts to come to an end, I reflect on how lucky I am to lead the life I have led so far, and find myself extremely grateful for my family, friends and a home that I can call my own no matter how far I travel. Over the course of my travels, how privileged and lucky we are in the developed world becomes even clearer. Tennis has taught me that sport can cross all barriers. It is above any cultural, religious or political differences.
As I turn 16, and after careful consideration and research, I want to direct my upcoming birthday towards donations for a cause I support and care about – to contribute to something greater than myself.
With the numerous crises around the world, my approach is to donate to a large and highly rated charity with major global reach; choosing a charity based on their effective use of donations, accountability, transparency, and sustained commitment to their campaign..
Therefore, I’d like to ask if you would join me in supporting the work of the International Rescue Committee so that others may have the opportunity to benefit from a better life.
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives are shattered by conflict and disaster, and are struggling to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. In the words of David Miliband, President and CEO of the IRC, “We are helping communities across the globe to survive conflict and rebuild and recover from war and natural disaster. From health care to education to protection for women and girls, the IRC is there.”
My family and the generations before us were once one of those displaced people. They were refugees from China seeking a better life. If it weren’t for their fortitude, persistence, and the opportunities given to them in a new-found country, our present generation would not be where we are today. When there are wars and persecution, there will be refugees. Their story is one of resilience, courage, and empathy. Ours must be of kindness, compassion, and generosity.
The world is in turmoil and the IRC has committed itself to stepping directly into the lives of those who are suffering from the most extreme conflict. This includes refugees around the world as well as those in the US.
"I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." – Helen Keller.
A single dollar could change a person’s life. Regardless of the amount we can contribute, it makes a difference. I want to make a difference. I want to do something in my life that helps others and not just myself.
So, I am making a 2-year pledge where my winnings in prize money in pro tournaments will go towards the work of the International Rescue Committee.
*For more about the IRC 85 years of history, please read its timeline here.
About Chloe Isabella Tsang:
I am a junior at Stanford University Online High School. I have a passion for mathematics and tennis, and I run the Comedy Club in my school. In addition to my studies, I have been heavily involved in competitive tennis since I was 8 years old.
For as long as I can remember I’ve always been moving around. I was never Chinese enough to be considered from Hong Kong, and never Australian enough to be considered from Australia. I was born in Hong Kong, moved to Australia at the end of elementary school, and have been back and forth between Hong Kong, Australia, and France since then.
The benefits of my lifestyle include being easily adaptable to different environments, having an expanded worldview, independence, tri-lingualism, and these are only to name a few. My other interests include sleeping, eating, more sleeping, and watching comedy on YouTube to laugh myself to sleep (haha!).
Albert Einstein, one of the founders of the IRC, has always been an inspiration to me. The IRC was founded in 1933 at his request. He was known as a genius, physicist and Nobel Laureate. While his theory of relativity changed the world, it wasn’t his only legacy. He was also a refugee and humanitarian, having inspired the founding of the organization that became the International Rescue Committee. So please join me in supporting this worthy cause!