A Shenzhen-based charity organization managed to successfully raise 300,000RMB for the construction of new facilities at a remote Guangdong primary school in just one week.
The Yuteng Primary School, which hosts over 300 students, is located in Zhongzhou town of Zhaoqing city’s Huaiji county and was founded in 1996, according to the organization, Mileage 124.
The Yuteng Primary School.
The school faced closure due to its abysmal teaching conditions, meaning all of its students would have to attend another school located 15 kilometers away.
A classroom of Yuteng Primary School.
The local government made plans to build a 600-square-meter comprehensive teaching building for the school, but it would cost around 750,000RMB, a good deal over the 450,000RMB budget.
Mileage 124 immediately got in touch with the town governors and volunteered to help raise the remaining 300,000RMB.
The organization first arranged a concert to raise funds at a bar in Shenzhen’s Nanshan district on the evening of August 19.
One day later, group members sold roses on the street at the Coastal City Shopping Center in Shenzhen. They managed to sell 1,000 roses on the evening of the Chinese Valentine’s Day.
The volunteers wrap roses to sell.
As part of the fundraising effort, the organization arranged for 55 people to start off a 24-hour trip to the school in the early hours of August 22. Divided into six small groups, they visited the students and brought them donated resources.
Volunteers take a group picture on the bus to Zhaoqing.
The organization successfully raised 300,000RMB in a week as planned and also gained supplies from other companies in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Dongguan, including 200 set of stationery, 100 school bags and 200 sets of children’s clothing.
Donations from other companies
“We’ll follow up the construction process, from verifying its blueprint to its completion. We’ll make sure everything that was donated and provided by the warm-hearted people will be used for the kids,” the general director of the organization, Zheng Chengtao, told Shenzhen News.
Mileage 124 was founded in Hong Kong in 2000, and its four other branches in Taiwan, Shenzhen and Beijing were established afterwards.
“Overall, our training is aimed at helping us know more about ourselves, changing ourselves and contributing ourselves to the society,” a female member surnamed Tian told Shanghaiist.
You can watch a video provided by Licheng 124 here:
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Shenzhen News // Zheng’s WeChat]