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1.795 m yuan raised on charity day

Ningbo Charity Federation (NBCF) held its annual charity day this Tuesday and raised a total of 1.795 million yuan, which includes 240,000 yuan from 83 organizations and 1.555 million yuan from 7,496 personal donors.

The top company donor is Ningbo branch of Zhejiang Tobacco Company which donated 100,000 yuan. Meanwhile, staffs of Bank of Communications donated a total of 99,635 yuan, making the largest group donation. Next to Bank of Communications are staffs of Ningbo Supply and Marketing Cooperative and Ningbo bank of Construction Bank, each donating 72,655.5 yuan and 70,000 yuan respectively.

The portion of individual donations keeps rising. Twenty-seven donors contributed 70,026 yuan, or an average of 2,594 yuan per capita.  The figure includes 20,000 yuan from a resident named Ying Yun, and 10,000 yuan from another resident named Wang Jueqing, 10,000 yuan from an anonymous donor, and 5000 yuan from the 94-year-old Hong Zhuqing.

Meanwhile, the title sponsorship of many small charitable founds has attracted people's attention. Twenty-five individuals (households) became title sponsor of charitable foundations by donating 1.08 million yuan. Up till now, NBCF has received 731,000 yuan. Ms. Li, the largest personal donator, set up a foundation named "Sunny Fund" by donating 500,000 yuan. Setting up small charitable foundation is a new program launched by NBCF. Anybody who donates 10,000 yuan or more can create a charitable fund and choose a name for the fund. These funds are used to help needy students, poverty-stricken people, the disabled, and the elders, and in other social welfare undertakings. A donor can choose one type for his or her fund and NBCF will help to set up the fund according to the donor’s wish

Ningbo ranks high in China for the causes of the disabled

An law implement inspection group of the NPC Standing Committee led by Huang Zhendong, member of the standing committee of the National People's Congress made an inspection of Ningbo on June 19. Huang Zhendong said, in the causes of the disabled, Zhejiang is among the best in China and Ningbo is among the best in Zhejiang.

In the inspection group are Tang Xiaoquan, member of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and vice chairman of China Disabled Persons' Federation and some deputies to the People's Congress. Liu Qi, Vice Secretary of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Mayor of Ningbo, Wang Yong, Vice Secretary of Ningbo Municipal Party Committee and Song Wei, Secretary of the Party Group of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Municipal People's Congress met with the inspection group members. Su Limian, Vice Director of the Standing Committee of Ningbo Municipal Congress, and Ma Weiguang, Vice Mayor of Ningbo, made a work report to the inspection group.

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Charity campaign held for needy children

Last Sunday, a charity campaign jointly organized by Ningbo's Women's Federation,  Civilization Office, Radio & Television Group, and Charity Federation went on in Children’s Park in Ningbo. Zhang Minghua, the vice mayor, attended the event.

As a part of the campaign, children from 20 schools held a charity auction. They donated their handicrafts, used toys, and plants to fund their charitable efforts. The money they raised will go to disabled children and left-behind children in rural areas.

Migrant children get special gifts for children's day

In a recent charity campaign organized by charity federations in Ningbo, 3,330 migrant children from the city's 32 primary schools get near-sighted glasses as their gifts for the coming children's day, which falls on June 1. Charity federations in Ningbo spent 666,000 yuan buying these near-sighted glasses.

In recent years, an increasing number of students are suffering from myopia, or near-sightedness. With their tight budget, many migrant parents cannot afford glasses for their children. To address the problem, the city's charity federations decided to allocate special funds on buying glasses for needy migrant children. From 2011, the city's charity federations have raised a total of 1,067,400 yuan for 5, 337 pairs of glasses.

The manufacturer of the glasses is Jiangbei Jingyi Spectacles Factory. While ensuring high quality, the manufacturer offers free after-sale services. Fuming Charity Fund established by Mr. Liao Chunrong, president of Yinrun Holding Group, and his wife, Ms. Li Huaqin, funds the annual expenditure for this charity program.

60-year-old donates corneas

Last Friday, Ms. Gan Mingzhu, a 60-year-old, donated her corneas, which were later implanted into two patients with eye afflictions. Another dying wish she set is to be buried at sea. In a country where cornea donations and sea burials are uncommon, Gan's noble acts have moved many people.

At 3:30 p.m. on April 27th, Dr. Lu Bin in the Ningbo Eye Hospital received a phone call from Gan's husband. In grief, he told the doctor that his wife had just died of illness, and he asked doctors to help him to fulfill his wife’s last wish as a cornea donor. Dr. Lu Bin soon rushed to hospital and organized doctors to collect the corneas.

Ms. Gan Mingzhu, the cornea donor, was 60-year-old, and lived in Haishu District. In the eyes of her neighbours and friends, she always kept a low profile. However, her two dying wishes surprised them. Her family supported her decision and has completed her first wish. Now they are submitting applications for a sea burial for Ms. Gan.

Ms. Gan's first wish have benefited two patients with eye afflictions. After collecting the corneas, two experienced surgeons in Ningbo Eye Hospital performed corneal transplants for 49-year-old Mr. Li and 57-year-old Mr. Lai, helping them to restore eyesight.

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