New cen­ter to fo­cus on chil­dren’s health and safety

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI­WEN­FANG in Guangzhou li­wen­fang@chi­

A cen­ter for pro­mot­ing health and safety knowl­edge among pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents has been launched in Guangzhou.

The first of its kind in China, the 300-square-me­ter fa­cil­ity is a joint ven­ture project be­tween the China Chil­dren and Teenagers’ Fund and The Wrigley Company Foun­da­tion, and will fo­cus on sub­jects such as road and fire safety, nat­u­ral dis­as­ter sur­vival, first aid and den­tal health.

Lo­cated in the Guangzhou Chil­dren’s Ac­tiv­i­ties Cen­ter, it has mul­ti­me­dia and in­ter­ac­tive fa­cil­i­ties and its staff in­clude vol­un­teers from the US con­fec­tionery gi­ant Wrigley who will coach vis­i­tors. The two part­ners are plan­ning to es­tab­lish a sec­ond cen­ter in Shang­hai.

“In re­cent years, we have seen fre­quent nat­u­ral dis­as­ters such as the earth­quakes in Wenchuan in 2008 and Lu­dian in 2014. Fires and road ac­ci­dents also re­main a ma­jor threat on a daily ba­sis,” said Chen Xiaoxia, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the China Chil­dren and Teenagers’ Fund.

“With­out suf­fi­cient aware­ness and knowl­edge of self­pro­tec­tion, chil­dren are of­ten the most vul­ner­a­ble when dis­as­ter strikes.”

TheWrigleyCom­pany Foun­da­tion has awarded $60 mil­lion since its cre­ation in 1987. Its fo­cus is oral health and the en­vi­ron­ment, es­pe­cially sus­tain­able lo­cal ini­tia­tives.

The US company spon­sors 21 schools across China and es­tab­lishes 100 li­braries in poor ar­eas.

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