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2,200 people walk 50km to aid poor kids

(Shanghai Daily)

08:29, April 22, 2013

A man participating in the One Egg Project, a 50-kilometer charity walk, wears a costume emblazoned with the Superman symbol on Saturday. The project aims to provide poor children with one egg a day in their meal. More than 2,200 people took part in the event.(Photo by Ti Gong)

MORE than 2,200 people walked 50 kilometers in the city over the weekend as part of a charity project that raised 1.66 million yuan (US$268,522), primarily to benefit poverty-stricken students in China.

The event, the One Egg Project, had participants bet with their friends and relatives that they could complete the hike. The participants were required to complete the task to win the bet and have the pledges go to the charity.

It is called "one egg" because it aims to provide children an egg a day in charity-supported school across the country. Many poor students are unable to focus on studies because they're undernourished, organizers said. A portion of the money will be spent on helping earthquake victims, officials said.

The project is one of a number run by the Shanghai United Foundation, also known as "Lianquan," a grant-making organization that supports grassroots nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

In Saturday's event, 392 teams of people from all across China began their hike at an art center in Nanhui in the Pudong New Area at 7am. Their destination was a subway station near Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, the organizer said.

While most of the money cames from pledges, participants also sold handmade bags online or rented their bodies for advertisements. Some participants collected money from passers-by at the event.

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