Shenzhen Officially Launch Charity Month
Shenzhen officially launched its charity month at Lianhua Hill Park and is encouraging public participation in philanthropy. Thirty percent of the collected donations will be turned over to charitable departments in Guangdong while the remaining 70 percent will be used for social charity organizations.
Social charity organizations are promoting several of their projects in communities, the director of the Weining Dyslexia Education Center Liang Yueyi said that the activity serves as a platform for grass roots social organizations while working with the government and at the same time promote their organizations. Liang’s is one of the first organizations in China that helps and assists children who are mentally healthy but has difficulty in reading and writing.
Liang also said that this is the first time that the city handles such a large scale charitable event. He also hopes that more people will pay more attention to children suffering from dyslexia during this event. Shenzhen plays a leading role in the national charity aid and disaster relief, in 2008 alone Shenzhen collected more than 1.37 billion yuan for victims of the Wenchuan earthquake.
One of the city’s charitable projects, named Little Panda has won the gold award in China’s Charitable Projects Competition over the weekend. The project was initiated by Pengxing Social Work Service in 2009 which helps children suffering from domestic violence.