AmCham South China Kicks Off its 2013 Charity Fundraising Effort with
RMB500,000 from Mead Johnson
AmCham Effort to Save Lives of Orphaned Children in need of Immediate Life
Saving Surgery, Help Raise Changyuan Village in Guangdong Above the Poverty
Line and Help Build Safe Water Facility for a Village in Guizhou
GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 6, 2013
GUANGZHOU, China, Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The American Chamber of
Commerce in South China(AmCham South China) today announced details of its
annual charity fundraising effort. This year's program is co-organized by the
Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, the
Guangzhou Charity Association (under Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau) and the
Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, aiming to raise donations of
materiel and funds. The in-kind donations will be distributed in Guangdong's
impoverished Changyuan Village (part of Meizhou city) on January 9, 2014.
Additionally, cash donations will be used to help poor villages and poor
causes; finance medical treatments for orphaned children at the Guangzhou
Women and Children's Medical Center and to help build a safe water facility
for a poor village in Guizhou. All donations will go through Guangzhou Youth
Development Foundation with proper receipts issued to the donors.
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AmCham South China President Harley Seyedin disclosed the plans and
beneficiaries. He also noted that weeks before the official launch, Mead
Johnson Nutrition, had already pledged 500,000 yuan in cash.
Events planned under the cooperative effort include:
1. Press Conference, Nov. 6^th
oTo inform the press and the public about the background and action plan of
the Charity Theme Events and to build awareness of the need for
philanthropy and to collect donations for initiating poverty alleviation
projects in Changyuan Village and orphans in need of medical treatment.
oTo call for more donors' participation.
2. Inspection Tour of Changyuan Village, January 9-10^th, 2014
A corporate delegation with potential investors and experts will visit
Changyuan Village for projects, accompanied by a team from the Guangzhou Women
and Children's Medical Center who will provide free medical services to
villagers, and build awareness of the need for philanthropy.
About The American Chamber of Commerce in South China
The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) is a
non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating bilateral
trade between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Certified
in 1995 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., AmCham South China
represents more than 2,000 corporate and individual members, is governed by a
fully-independent Board of Governors elected from its membership, and provides
dynamic, on-the-ground support for American and International companies doing
business in South China. In 2012, AmCham South China hosted nearly 10,000
business executives and government leaders from around the world at its
briefings, seminars, committee meetings and social gatherings. The American
Chamber of Commerce in South China is a fully-independent organization
accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. All AmChams in
China are independently governed and represent member companies in their
The mission of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China is to promote
the development of trade, commerce and investment between the United States
and the People's Republic of China with a special focus on South China; to
provide a forum in which member businesses can identify their common interests
and discuss solutions for common problems; to work with and advocate member
interests with relevant organizations in South China, elsewhere in China and
the United States, and to set the standards for corporate social
responsibility for the community that the Chamber serves.
About Mead Johnson Nutrition Company and Mead Johnson Nutrition China Ltd.
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company was founded in 1905 by Edward Mead Johnson. Its
global Headquarters are located in Glenview, Illinois, and the Global Research
and Development Center and Global Operations Center are located in Evansville,
Indiana, in the United States. Mead Johnson has a proud history of over 100
years and is a global leader in infant and children's nutrition. We have been
committed from our very beginning to become the world's leading pediatric
nutrition company by nourishing the world's children for their best start in
Mead Johnson Nutrition China was founded in 1993. Our manufacturing facility
is located at Dong Ji Xia Yuan Road of Guangzhou Economic and Technological
Development Zone, and covers an area of 60,000 square meters and boasts one of
the world's most advanced production facilities. Currently, our sales network
is established in 29 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities
With deep roots in China for 19 years, Mead Johnson is committed to deliver
professionalism, care and support to Chinese consumers in need, provide high
quality nutritional products for pregnant women, infants and children, and
introduce advanced knowledge through various customer activities to enhance
Chinese young parents' awareness of early childhood education.
About Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center
Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center has three hospital sites
including the Zhujiang New Town Center, Remin Zhong Road Children's Hospital,
Renmin Zhong Road Women and Children's Hospital, where Guangzhou Institute of
pediatrics and Guangzhou Institute of Eugenics and Perinatology are
established. Undertaking the clinical, maternal and child hygiene instruction,
training and promotion tasks, it functions as Guangzhou children's treatment
center for severe diseases, Guangzhou neonatal diseases screening center,
Guangzhou maternal and children's health care training and promoting center,
and Guangzhou's umbilical cord blood bank.
The goal is to base in Guangzhou, service South China and gear to the world.
Our mission is to bring about health, keep medical ethics and virtues and
benefit women and children. Our motto is righteousness, professionalism,
wholeheartedness and diligence.
About the Guangzhou Charity Association-Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau
Founded on June 5^th, 1994, Guangzhou Charity Association is a registered
citywide charitable society group approved by the municipal government. It is
also a member of China Charity Federation. The aim of the association is to
promote the spirit of humanitarian, to contribute to poverty alleviation, to
help people with less fortune and people in need, which indicates the progress
and development of the society. The board consists of people from all walks of
life who are active and dedicated to the philanthropic industry is the
decision-making organ of the association. Secretary under the board mainly
handles the fundraising effort, salvation and other daily issues.
The association has hosted various charitable fundraising and salvation events
in past years. Till the end of 2012, the fund collected has reached 2.179
billion yuan, and the donated fund by the association has added up to 1.878
billion yuan. With the donation, the association has contributed a lot to the
society, especially on allocating social resources, narrowing the gap between
the rich and the poor, alleviating social contradiction, and promoting social
equity, which are of vital importance to building a harmonious and happy
About the Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
The GZPAFFC is a division of the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office, which is
overseen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Association's primary duties
include the implementation of national foreign affairs-related guidelines and
policies, liaising with international non-governmental and economic
organizations on behalf of the municipal government, the reception of visiting
personnel and delegations from the same, the organization of outbound goodwill
delegations, and "[the execution of] other tasks as instructed by the CPC
Guangzhou Committee and Guangzhou Municipal Government." More information
about the Association can be found on the Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Office
Located in the west of Zhuanshui Town of Wuhua, a famous hometown of Chinese
expatriates, Changyuan Village boasts 124.5 hectares of arable land, 68.9
hectares of which are paddy fields. Covering a mountain area of 134 hectares,
Changyuan Village is home to 620 households, with the total population
reaching up to 3,125. The villagers earn their livelihoods basically by
growing rice locally and laboring as migrant workers outside the village. A
preliminary household survey shows that 119 households of the village (627
people) currently live below the poverty line, accounting for 19.2% and 20.1%
respectively of the total household number and the total village population.
These 627 poverty-stricken villagers are thus designated as the focus of
assistance in this new round of poverty-alleviating effort. The village is
home to one primary school, namely, Changyuan Primary School, with 310
students and 16 teachers.
About Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation
Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation (GZYDF), a non-governmental and
non-profit organization, was founded in Guangzhou in 1994.
The non-profit or "third" sector in China developed during a period of reform
and opening-up. An open, dynamic market economy was gradually replacing a
closed, centrally-planned economy, resulting in widespread social change and
breakdowns in the welfare system. No longer able to rely on the government to
ensure job security and social benefits, people became increasingly
self-sufficient and more independent.The rejuvenation in Chinese society
created an unprecedented friendly environment for the development of China's
previously insignificant non-profit sector. As one of the earliest non-profit
organizations to be established, the GZYDF has seen remarkable success.
SOURCE The American Chamber of Commerce in South China
Contact: Ms. Yuki Lu, Media & Press Executive, The American Chamber of
Commerce in South China, 86-20-8335-1476 ext. 16 / +86 13650770861,
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