UK-CHINA CHARITY INITIATIVE
At Mansion House in December 2019 at a special dinner with HE Liu Xiaoming and The Lord Mayor, the UK-China Charity Initiative was launched by The Lord Mayor's Appeal and China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK) to raise funds for The Lord Mayor's Appeal charities in the UK (50%) and CCCUK poverty alleviation projects in China (50%).
The first Chinese project was the construction of a multi-media room for a rural school in Shaanxi Province which was completed in May 2019 and was fully operational in August 2019. The funding for the Initiative was from the launch dinner and the Chinese Year reception for over 300 guests at Mansion House in February 2019. The overall funds raised amounted to £40,000 which was split 50/50 between the Initiative and The Lord Mayor's Appel charities, Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and Samaritans. The Bank of China supervised the overall project and financial control in China.
Following the success of the first project, both CCCUK and The Lord Mayor's Appeal agreed to start a second project. HE Liu Xiaoming and the Chinese Embassy produced a list of potential projects in Jinping County, Yunnan province which in turn were discussed and evaluated by CCCUK and LMA. A project in Daluo village was selected to construct a clinic which will provide medical treatment and epidemic prevention services. The overall funding required for the project is approximately RMB 250,000 and The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will oversee the project in China.
On 3rd September at the China dinner at Guildhall with HE Liu Xiaoming and The Lord Mayor, a video was shown which gave an overview of the Initiative and formally launched the second project.
To raise the RMB 500,000 (2*250,000), LMA and CCCUK will hold a fund-raising event at Mansion House on 31st January 2020. However, as President Xi has given a target for all poverty alleviation projects to be completed by 31st December 2019, the Initiative would like to use the opportunity of the WCEC gala dinner to raise the funds.