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Pep­siCo Greater China Re­gion do­nated 700,000 yuan ($104,255) to the China Foun­da­tion for Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion, to fur­ther work on chil­dren’s nu­tri­tional im­prove­ment in south­west­ern China. Pep­siCo GCR also sent vol­un­teers from the com­pany there to make break­fast for the pupils, who usu­ally go to school in the morn­ing with empty stom­achs. The vice-pres­i­dent of Pep­siCo GCR said do­nat­ing money is rather easy, but what’s more im­por­tant is to in­volve the com­pany’s em­ploy­ees in charity pro­grams. Pep­siCo GCR ini­ti­ated the Pep­siCo Nutri­tion in Ac­tion in 2015 by do­nat­ing 1 mil­lion yuan to the CFPA. The tar­get is to pro­vide nu­tri­tious break­fasts for pupils from poor fam­i­lies in Zhao­tong, Yun­nan prov­ince in south­west­ern China.

A spe­cial read­ing was held on Sept 25, the 59th World DeafDay, to call for­more­timely and pro­fes­sional treat­ment for hear­ing-im­paired chil­dren in China. The read­ing was spon­sored by China Siyuan Foun­da­tion for Poverty Alle­vi­a­tion and or­ga­nized by i-dB Project, a charity pro­gram that pro­vides treat­ment and fundrais­ing chan­nels for chil­dren with hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties. Fa­mous TV hosts and hostesses in­clud­ing KangHui, Lu Jian and Zhang Quan­ling read some well-known Chi­nese po­etry with the chil­dren. In the past four years, the i-dB Project has pro­vided ser­vices for more than 6,000 fam­i­lies with hear­ing-im­paired chil­dren, and fi­nan­cially sup­ported more than 1,700 chil­dren with hear­ing im­pair­ment from poor fam­i­lies. The read­ing is one of i-dB Project’s reg­u­lar fundrais­ing events.

Bright­ness Ac­tion, an an­nual char­i­ta­ble pro­gram of HNA Group of­fers free treat­ment for vis­ually im­paired peo­ple with low in­comes. With sup­port from lo­cal govern­ment, Bei­jing Ton­gren Hospi­tal and some foun­da­tions, HNA Group as­signed pro­fes­sional med­i­cal teams and vol­un­teers to those two lo­ca­tions to pro­vide free cataract surg­eries to 450 lo­cal pa­tients. The pro­gram was ini­ti­ated in 2004 and of­fered treat­ment for nearly 6,000 cataract pa­tients, mostly from poor ar­eas in China and Africa.

The China Women’s De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion held a spe­cial con­fer­ence on Sept 30 in Bei­jing to pro­mote two of its lat­est on­go­ing charity health pro­grams. The two pro­grams, launched ear­lier this Jan­uary, fo­cus on the dual top­ics of heart disease and men­tal ill­ness. They are co-spon­sored by the Bei­jing mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peas­ants And Work­ers Demo­cratic Party and Bei­jing United Fam­ily Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hospi­tal. Ex­perts from fur­ther hos­pi­tals across the cap­i­tal, as well as those in north­ern China’s He­bei prov­ince and Tian­jin mu­nic­i­pal­ity, de­liv­ered speeches re­spec­tively at the event, talk­ing on rel­e­vant sub­jects in­clud­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the char­ac­ter­is­tics of par­tic­u­lar ill­nesses, and the ef­fects of ap­ply­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine.

A se­ries of free vol­un­tary med­i­cal con­sul­ta­tions for se­nior cit­i­zens took place among com­mu­ni­ties in the Feng­tai district of Bei­jing on Oct 9, to co­in­cide with the Chi­nese tra­di­tional Dou­ble Ninth Fes­ti­val, or Chongyang Fes­ti­val. The ac­tiv­i­ties were co-spon­sored by Chi­naWomen’s De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion and Bei­jing Rui Pu Hua El­ders As­sis­tance Foun­da­tion, and tar­geted those liv­ing alone or par­ents who have lost their only child. Over 300 el­derly men and women re­ceived a ba­sic checkup and were of­fered treat­ment as part of the dis­trictwide ini­tia­tive. In ad­di­tion, vol­un­teers served tra­di­tional desserts, tea and dishes to se­niors, while they en­joyed a per­for­mance pro­vided by a lo­cal art troupe.

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