On February 26, in the Sunshine Hall on the second floor of the Beijing International Hotel, Hu Jialu, Vice President of the China Duty Free Hope Primary School in Danshan Town of Yanjiang District of Ziyang City of Sichuan Province, excitedly accepted the donation card worth 50,000 Yuan in school supplies from Lu Lu, President of China Duty Free Group Co., Ltd. The appreciation party of the China Duty Free Hope Foundation was held in a warm, sweet manner.
It was still cold in February in Beijing. However, it was quite warm in the Sunshine Hall on the second floor of Beijing International Hotel because the themed public benefit activity of the 2010 China Duty-Free Industry Business Meeting, i.e. the appreciation party of the China Duty Free Hope Foundation, was held here. All members from the leading group of CDFG and about 200 managers from the secondary retail stores participated in this appreciation party. In order to let the children from earthquake-stricken region feel the sincere love of CDFG’s people, 6 representatives including teachers and students from China Duty Free Hope Primary School in Paifang Village of Danshan Town of Yanjiang District of Ziyang City of Sichuan Province were invited to the appreciation party.
At the appreciation party, President Lu Lu gave an impassioned speech to the CDFG staff and secondary retail stores. He thanked them for their support of the work of the China Duty Free Hope Foundation in the past year, and for their continuous contributions to China’s charity undertakings.
Lu Lu said, “In 2009, all CDFG people have taken responsibility and contributed their love. China Duty Free Hope Foundation has received more care and love in the past year, and it has become a platform for China’s duty-free industry and even the world’s duty-free industry to offer their love.”
At the first anniversary of the Great Wenchuan Earthquake, China Duty Free Hope Foundation initiated a proposal for a charity campaign for “Increasing Concern for Children in the Earthquake-Stricken Region – Offering Our Love together with CDFG” to its partners at home and abroad and tourists visiting China. It received a positive response and strong support from all circles. During this donation activity, 544,269.87 Yuan was received from 62 suppliers and duty free shops at home and abroad and their customers. In the same year, by cooperating with China Youth Development Foundation, China Duty Free Hope Foundation launched the construction of 3 China Duty Free Hope Primary Schools in Hainan, Sichuan and Yunan. Currently, the China Duty Free Hope Primary School in Shagou Village of Paipu Town of Danzhou City of Hainan Province has been completed, the construction of the China Duty Free Hope Primary School in Judian Town of Yulong County of Yunnan Province is about to start, and the China Duty Free Hope Primary School in Danshan Town of Yanjiang District of Ziyang City of Sichuan Province is under construction.
The Danshan Town of Yanjiang District of Ziyang City of Sichuan Province that the teachers and students came from was not in the area severely afflicted by the earthquake, but the shabby structure of the main school buildings meant that they were severely damaged in the Great Wenchuan Earthquake, meaning the teachers and students were teaching and studying in these dilapidated buildings. After learning this information, CDFG contacted the China Youth Development Foundation immediately, and donated 500,000 Yuan to start the construction of a new teaching building. The major structure of the new teaching building was completed on May 12 of that year, and CDFG worked hard to let the teachers and students use the new teaching building by September 1.
It was these students’ first time in Beijing, and their first time traveling by plane, so they were full of curiosity and happiness. The leaders of the company were very concerned about the children’s lives, and they also made a schedule for the teachers and students in Beijing. From the scenic spots and historic sites such as Tian’anmen and the Great Wall, to the grand and modern Bird Nest and Water Cube, and to the intellectual and interesting China Science and Technology Museum, each place made these children curious and excited. During the appreciation party of the China Duty Free Hope Foundation, the teachers and students also put on a performance to thank the CDFG people. The plain and innocent performance of the children moved all the guests. A song “Graceful Heart” moved everyone at CDFG. At the end of the activity, President Lu Lu of CDFG, on behalf of CDFG people, donated 50,000 Yuan of school supplies to the China Duty Free Hope Primary School in Paifang Village of Danshan Town of Yanjiang District of Ziyang City of Sichuan Province, and encouraged the children to study hard.
The appreciation party of the China Duty Free Hope Foundation completed successfully and the atmosphere was one of deep love. Moreover, the love of everyone at CDFG would be present once again in the future!