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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.

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.

Home Care Volunteer Base established in Jiangbei District

The recent reports of sudden death at home of the elderly living alone have aroused great concern among citizens. On April 6, the Home Care Volunteer Base titled "filial piety supermarket" was jointly established by Jiangbei District Youth League and District Bureau of Civil Affairs. In the meanwhile, the "filial piety" volunteer campaign, a specialized service project for the elderly living alone, was launched with the help from related colleges and universities.

The ever-increasing number of the elderly living alone has caused such problems as the shortage of beds in nursing homes and the expansion of aging group, which poses great challenges to the existing pension system and the social stability. At present, there are 45,000 senior citizens at the age of 60 or older, accounting for 18.8% of the registered citizens. The caring issue has become serious as 55% of the elderly are empty nesters. To address this issue, by the opportunity of participating in social management, Jiangbei District Youth League adopted the innovative idea of cooperation with Ningbo College of Health Sciences by recruiting college volunteers to provide services for the elderly, such as regular blood pressure and glucose surveillance, massages and healthy diet instructions.     

"We have set up eight service groups to provide door-to-door service at least once a week. Our service targets are mainly those retired elderly citizens (over 60 years old) living alone at home." said a related official from Jiangbei District Youth League. Each service group is made of eight to ten members, including three students majoring in nursing, rehabilitation and diet respectively. Each group will provide personalized services and establish health files for two to three empty nesters.

It is learned that so far eight communities in the district have been chosen as pilot areas of the service base. About 100 volunteers have entered the communities to carry out regular services for the empty nesters in those communities.

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.

More love called for autism group

April 2 marks the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day. A volunteer activity to publicize and call for more love and understanding for autism group was launched in Tianyi Square yesterday. The program was sponsored by Ningbo Daily, Volunteer Branch of Ningbo Charity Federation(NBCF) and a parents volunteer organization.
 
During the activity, more than 60 volunteers distributed brochures to the public, handed out blue ribbons which symbolize autism awareness, and collected the public signatures. Their action aims to raise public attention and help to the special group.

Autism, different from schizophrenia or depression, is generally diagnosed at around the age of 3. It is a condition which can affect language development and the ability to relate to others.

Although the cause of autism remains a mystery, it is proved to have nothing to do with the children’s raring methods. The rehabilitation of autism largely depends on early intervention, supplemented by drug therapy. At present, there are no effective drugs or treatment to autism. Early diagnosis and intervention is essential, especially to children aged 0 to 6-year-old.

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