The UK-China Charity Initiative, created by the China Chamber of Commerce in the UK (CCCUK) and the City of London, raised funds at an evening sponsored by Greenland UK to support a Chinese poverty alleviation project and charitable projects of the Lord Mayor's Appeal (LMA) of the City of London. The fundraiser was held in London’s historic Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London, and was in celebration of the Chinese lunar Year of the Pig. £37,200 was raised net including through an on-site auction and raffle draws hosted by celebrity guest auctioneer and prolific prison diarist Jeffrey Archer.
Half the funds raised will be used to support construction of a multifunctional hall for a rural school in China's Shaanxi Province, and the other half will be used for British charitable projects including children’s mental health support, youth poverty alleviation and suicide intervention.
Almost 300 guests attended the event, including high profile politicians and prominent business leaders from the UK-China community. After a welcome speech from the Lord Mayor, a keynote speech was given by the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, who said, "I sincerely hope that the China-UK Charity Initiative will sow the seeds of charity and encourage more people to join in. Through charity, we can spread love, promote cooperation, deepen friendship and build a better world together." Musical performances were given by the London Chinese Children’s Ensemble and pianist Ke Ma.
Fang Wenjian, Chairman of the CCCUK, said, "The CCCUK will always hold social responsibility at the heart of its mission and continue to work with our members to contribute to more charitable projects in both the UK and China. By joining force with the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, we are committed to ensuring the success of the UK-China Charity Initiative for many years to come."
Several senior figures from Greenland UK attended the event, and Fang Wenjian wrote to thank Greenland afterwards, “Without your support we would not be able to host such a prestigious event.”