On this year's 99 Charity Day, the Shanghai Agape Foundation, which was established by the Shanghai CC&TSPM (Christian Council & Three–Self Patriotic Movement) and the Amity Foundation, participated in two donation projects.
Many churches in Shanghai contributed to the projects of "Smile and Love" and " Light up Life with a Smile".
The 99 Charity Day is held on September 7-9. Anyone donating funds during this period will receive a matching donation from the Tencent Foundation. The foundation allocated a total of 399.99 million yuan as matching donations to support public welfare and charities. They allocated 99.99 million on September 7th, 100 million on the second day, 100 million on September 9 and 100 million as an unrestricted matching donation.
The "Smile and Love" project provides financial assistance to families with children suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate or ear, nose, throat, head, and neck diseases. The project provides treatment so children can be healed and have a bright smile on their faces! So far, they have raised more than 100,000 yuan, completing 43% of their 250,000 yuan target.
The "Light up Life with a Smile" project focuses on vulnerable cancer patients who are in recovery. Through communication, health education, and counseling, they encourage them to go out of their homes, join in the fight against cancer, and build confidence. With a fundraising target of 170,395 yuan, 93,358 yuan has been raised with 54% of the target reached.
In addition to many churches in Shanghai and the Wuxi Church, welfare homes run by Christians and some believers in Urumqi, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Province also participated in the activities. They wanted to show love to the believers in need, women with cancer, and children in need.
The "99 Charity Day" is an annual national charity day initiated by Tencent Charity, united with hundreds of charity organizations, well-known enterprises, celebrities, and top communication agencies. September 9, 2015, is China's first Internet Charity Day.
- Translated by Abigail Wu