New center to focus on children’s health and safety
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.