(Photos: Li Hao/Global Times)
The 10th "Great Love without Borders - Hearing the love of the world" international charity sale was held at the Beijing National Stadium on October 21.
More than 90 foreign embassies and representative offices of international organizations in China turned up and set up charity booths selling their home handicrafts, commodities, books and food. Funds raised will be used for cochlear implants for impoverished deaf children in Northwest China's Gansu Province.
The charity sale was initiated by Qian Wei, wife of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, for making precise contributions topoverty alleviation.
It kicked off at 9:30 am with an enthusiastic drumming performance. Qian thanked the foreign embassies and representative offices of international organizations for their long-term care and support for China's charity undertakings.
"It is the10th year of the international charity sale. Over the past 10 years, we have always been close to the people in impoverished areas and have spent over 26 million yuan ($3.75 million) in donations to help the villagers, the disabled and the children in the remote areas of Yunnan, Gansu, Henan, Guizhou and Guangxi. We are devoted to igniting their hopes with love and beneficence," said Qian.
At the site, embassy stalls were filled with hand-painted items from Pakistan, coffee from Colombia, cosmetics from South Korea, chocolate from Belgium, kimchi from North Korea and coconut oil from the Philippines.
The diplomats carefully selected the most distinctive items of their home country to participate in the charity sale, allowing Chinese visitors to embrace the best of many cultures and to be part of a community with a shared future for humanity.