Red Cross denies wealthy blogger is employee

11:09, June 23, 2011      

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The Red Cross Society of China, the only national Red Cross society in China, made a public statement on June 22 that a woman named Guo Meimei who boasted about her extravagant lifestyle online and claimed to be general manager of Red Cross Commerce is not its employee.

The statement pointed that there was no such institution as Red Cross Commerce under the Red Cross.

On the evening of June 21, a netizen called "Guo Meimei Baby" caught the attention of microbloggers on Sina Microblog. According to her microblogs, Guo Meimei, 20, owns several luxury sports cars and dozens of designer handbags. Her young age, lavish lifestyle and her verified title of Red Cross Commerce general manager aroused curiosity among microbloggers.

Hence, some netizens began to raise doubts about the Red Cross and said they would not donate any money to this charity organization.

Furthermore, a netizen connected Guo Meimei with Red Cross Society of China Vice-President Guo Changjiang and claimed that the vice president had a microblog that has followed only four other people's microblogs. One of the four belongs to Guo Meimei.

As for the aforementioned suspicions, a Red Cross staff member told the reporter that Guo Meimei is not the daughter of their vice-president. The staff member said Guo Changjiang has no microblog and no daughters at all.

The Red Cross' statement also indicates that the organization consistently opposes stunts to gain public attention by making fake information. It hopes that the public can treat this sort of event with peace of mind and will not be tricked.

In addition, the Red Cross also expressed its gratitude in the statement to all social sectors for their support over the years and hopes that all walks of life can continue to supervise its work.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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