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.