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Hong Kongers pay close attention to poverty-stricken areas in Chinese mainland
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21:48, April 08, 2009

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"In the past week, I saw children in Jiangxi's poverty-stricken mountainous areas studying and living in harsh conditions, hoping to acquire more knowledge and opportunities. Only with more help, can they then have a bright future," said Gigi Leung, a Hong Kong singer and actress, at a press conference held on April 6 in Beijing.

Between March 31 and April 5, Leung, acting as Ambassador of the Hong Kong Committee for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and Eric Suen, another Hong Kong singer and actor, went to Ganxian County of Ganzhou, Zhanggong District and Ruijin in Jiangxi Province together with a delegation from UNICEF's Hong Kong Committee. During the visit, they called on poor families living in remote mountainous areas, children studying in schools in the mountainous areas, as well as women and children who were receiving medical and healthcare services in local health centers.

In some schools in mountainous areas of southern Jiangxi, students today still attend classes in humble classrooms, and lack extracurricular reading materials, exercise equipment, and safe clean drinking water. In some more remote villages, pregnant women and children are sent to large-scale hospitals tens of kilometers away for first aid treatment, because local health centers lack basic medical facilities. "If we can provide as much help as possible to these children and women and meet their basic needs, then they can have the opportunity to realize their dreams," said Leung thoughtfully on her visit.

Suen said that this visit had given him an opportunity to personally understand the living conditions of children and women in poverty-stricken areas of Jiangxi. He called on everyone to contribute so that children and mothers there could obtain better education and healthcare conditions.

"This year marks the 30th anniversary of UNICEF's implementation of aid programs in China. For 30 years, we have been committed to working with the Chinese government to carry out programs to help children and women in poverty-stricken areas in China improve their living conditions. The Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF has contributed a lot of funding to our programs and its support and care also directly benefits many women and children," said Dr. Yin Yin Nwe, UNICEF Representative to China. "We sincerely thank Gigi Leung, Eric Suen and the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF for the love and hard work they have given."

The activities of this UNICEF project were supported by Hong Kong's Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company. Through the Hong Kong Committee for UNICEF, the Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company has donated a total of more than 4 million yuan to UNICEF projects carried out in China over the years. The company donated an additional 450,000 yuan at this press conference.

By People's Daily Online

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