South African Chinese sends warmth to the local poor children, and they feel no longer cold this winter!
News from Xinhua News agency reporter Gao Yuan.
June 16 is the "Youth Day" of South Africa. This day, the South African Soong Ching Ling Foundation staff went to Asselon area in Cape Town, South Africa to donate a great amount of urgently needed living materials and food to the local children's care center, receiving the children's warm welcome.
South Africa Soong Ching Ling Foundation Chairman Chen Qing said that the foundation had conducted the "Sending Warmth in Winter" activities for many years. The Chinese community contributed money to help poverty alleviation. The goal is to carry forward the traditional virtues of Chinese nation’s “Benevolence”, express the Cape Town’s overseas Chinese love and care to the local disadvantaged groups, but also it is a positive feedback to the local community. It hoped that this would further enhance mutual understanding and friendly exchanges between the local people and Chinese communities.
Chen Qing (right), South Africa's Soong Ching Ling Foundation’s chairman, and Li Chunlan, vice chairman, distribute food to the children.
According to Li Chunlan, the Foundation donated to Asselon children’s care center washing machines, dryers, blankets, clothes and a batch of food including edible oil, rice, cornmeal, milk and vegetables, worth about 30,000 rand.
Asselon Children's Care Center’s director Andre Bottenell said that at present the center had 50 children aged 6 to 18 years old, and urgently needed help from all sectors of society. He was very grateful to the South African Soong Ching Ling Foundation for sending so much-needed living materials to the children in the cold winter, which not only alleviated the urgent need, but also made the local children feel the love of the Chinese community.
Members of the South African Soong Ching Ling Foundation are carrying donated goods.
Present at the day donation activity were Chen Zhujin, director of the China Support Center in Cape Town, Guo Yongming, president of South Africa Western Cape Fujian Natives Association, Hu Jianmin, director of South Africa Shanghai General Chamber of Commerce, Wan Huijie, secretary general of Cape Town China Peace Reunification Promotion Association, Xing Qi, secretary general of South Africa Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the local overseas Chinese group leaders.
Since its inception in 2009, the South African Soong Ching Ling Foundation has focused on philanthropy and has held a number of charitable fund-raising events in South Africa each year, winning high praise from the local people.