|The first "China and the World: For Children and Mothers" gala night was held on Nov 29 at Bvlgari Hotel Beijing. The Fund for the Development of Women and Children, which will support development programs, was launched at the gala.[Photo by Wang Jing/China Daily]|
The first "China and the World: For Children and Mothers" gala night was held on Nov 29 at Bvlgari Hotel Beijing. The glamorous event was organized by the United Nations Every Woman Every Child China Partnership Network and the China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development, and supported by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Save the Children.
"The charity gala night leveraged the public fundraising platform of China Friendship Foundation for Peace and Development and mobilized resources from the community to raise funds for development programs that help improve the well-being of women and children globally. We hope that this event will help to realize the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and advocate for the "Every Woman Every Child" movement," Hu Sishe, vice-president of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, said in his opening speech.
The gala night was attended by over 200 guests including the CEO of Save the Children International and former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former prime minister of Australia Julia Eileen Gillard, ambassadors and diplomats from different countries, celebrities including Ruby Lin, Ning Jing, Sha Yi, Leewei, Bonnie Chen, Rao Xueman, Xu Guangyu, artist Chen Wenling, Fan Yaping, representatives from Sinic Real Estate Company, Mebo International Group and other corporations, as well as representatives from various NGOs.
The organizers also launched "The Fund for the Development of Women and Children" at the gala in support of development programs such as the newborn health program, the Kangaroo Mother Care maternal and infant health program, and the family education program based in the communities, among others. Virtual Reality videos of two humanitarian programs were shown to help guests better understand the various challenges faced by children and mothers in Liangshan, Sichuan province, and Somalia.
Various children and youth performers were invited to perform, and guests showed their appreciation of the opening performance by the String Orchestra from Dulwich College Beijing, a Taekwondo performance by An Ji, Xiao Yu Er (sons of actor Sha Yi) and their friends, as well as a ballet performed by dancers of Joy Ballet. A group of young children also played their part in caring for other children in need by helping with the charity raffle sales.
The live auction was one of the highlights of the gala night. Generous supporters bid for beautiful art pieces, exquisite jewelry, and fine wines to raise funds for women and children around the world. Precious auction items included a sculpture by Chen Wenling, an autographed painting by Ding Shaoguang, a handmade doll by Fan Yaping, an oil painting by Bu Yue, a fancy light yellow diamond necklace by Junhou Fine Jewelry, fine wines from Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite-Rothschild, and more.
To bring the gala night to an end, famous singer Chyi Chin specially re-arranged the classic Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin (The Moon Represents My Heart) for event, and the song was performed by his daughter Bonnie Chyi together with Emiliano Cyrus, a Singaporean child celebrity. Angel Chorus' rendition of Zui Hao de Wei Lai (The Best Future) was a final reminder to everyone to continue to share their love and care for every child.
Bvlgari Hotel Beijing sponsored the venue and dinner, allowing more funds to be channeled to development programs for women and children in need.
|Actress Ning Jing donates and helps raise money for the water program in Somalia at the gala night.[Photo by Wang Jing/China Daily]|
|Actress Ruby Lin donates at the gala night. She is an ambassador of Save the Children.[Photo by Wang Jing/China Daily]|
(Source: China Daily)
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