Eight DCH Volunteers from the PRC and Hong Kong Visited Rural Village in Sichuan
To Light Up Children's Hope in Learning
(Hong Kong, 27 July 2012) — Eight dedicated volunteers from Hong Kong and mainland China of Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited ("DCH" or the "Group"; stock code: 01828) took part in a seven-day journey to visit schools and villagers in Minzhu Township, Mabian County, Sichuan, sending rural residents not only the warmest regards but also the hope for a better education brought by the Mobile Classroom sponsored by DCH and co-founded by the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and YMCA of Chengdu.
Mobile Classroom, a minivan well equipped with resources such as textbooks and storybooks, musical instruments and educational toys, has been paying regular visits to villages and schools located in some of the most remote and rural areas, with the mission of keeping children's hopes alive through the provision of all-round educational support.
Coming from various district headquarters of the Group including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shantou, Shanghai and Kunming, the eight visiting volunteers made a remarkable effort by raising a total of HKD75,666 from their respective headquarters. Handed over to YMCA by representatives from the Volunteer Team and Corporate Communications and Marketing Department of DCH, the donation will be used to fund the operation of the Mobile Classroom.
Starting from 2010, DCH has donated a total of one million Hong Kong dollars to acquire and sponsor the two minivans' operational expenses. Named as Mobile Classroom One and Two, the two pioneering vehicles have accommodated more than a hundred volunteers in serving over 3,000 beneficiaries since last Spring.
"Our Group has been proactively fulfilling our corporate social responsibilities in Hong Kong. As we expand our footprints in mainland China's motor, food and logistics businesses, we would like to spread our love and care to the territory. We see eye to eye about Mobile Classroom's mobility concept, the eight volunteers' regular mobile visits to the rural residents truly brightened villagers' life and we love to see more rural residents benefit from the program" says Michael Chau, General Manager of the Human Resources Department of DCH Motors Eastern China Group, expressed his full support towards the program.
Ms Kit Cheung, one of the eight devoted visiting volunteers with the journey recalled "The lack of transportation infrastructures in these remote areas made communications with the outside world difficult, they rarely get sufficient external attention and support, which causes cross-generation poverty amongst these villagers. Mobile Classroom offers not just educational support but also knowledge that enhances the quality of life of the villagers, narrowing the gap between rural and urban areas, and inspiring children through the provision of more learning opportunities."
Development Milestones of Mobile Classroom
In 2010, DCH donated HKD500,000 to support the founding of Mobile Classroom by the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong, benefiting children, elderly and families living in remote areas in Mainland China. Serving its first mission in Sichuan Province, Mobile Classroom circulates two rural villages each month to provide various services and supports to the residents.
In the second half of 2011, four DCH pioneer volunteers took the initiative to serve rural areas in Sichuan Province. Recognising the effort in which villagers benefit greatly not only from material assistance but more importantly the warm regards and care brought by regular services of the Mobile Classroom, our Group realised that there was a surging demand for such voluntary social services. Hence DCH donated another HKD500,000 to establish the second Mobile Classroom, extended its reach of mountain villagers in need.
By early 2012, the second Mobile Classroom has been deployed to serve Sichuan. Eight of DCH's volunteers from both Hong Kong and Mainland China embarked on a service trip to Sichuan from 7th to 13th June the same year, witnessing the enhancement on quality of life and mental well-being of the villagers after a year of service and support by the Mobile Classrooms.
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