Expat volunteer team awarded
2013-December-4 Source: Szdaily web edition
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Futian District Party chief Liu Qingsheng (R) poses for a picture yesterday with expat volunteers who were awarded for their active participation in volunteer services. Sun Yuchen

The Futian District Government granted an international group award to the district’s expat volunteer team yesterday, to recognize their active participation in volunteer services.

Established in March, the team is the first of its kind in Shenzhen and has more than 100 members from countries including the United States, South Korea, Spain, Ghana and more.

“It’s our pleasure to receive the award. I think good people help each other and a volunteer career is what you need to do with your heart, not your body. In the United States, we have a long history of volunteerism, and we can’t live without it,” said American Elaine Campbell, who joined two other expats yesterday to receive the award on behalf of the team. “I did a lot of volunteer work in my country. I helped read to children and provided assistance at a hospital.

“There are many expats in Shenzhen and they really want to get involved in volunteering, they just don’t know how,” she continued.

“But now, through us, they can find a way to do it.”

Campbell said she has helped recruit expat volunteers and has worked to report incorrect English on public signs in Shenzhen.

“My daughter is also a volunteer,” she said.

Kim Dae-soon, vice chairman of the South Korean Chamber of Commerce in Shenzhen, said she had been involved in activities to help people with disabilities.

“Although volunteer work sometimes occupies my spare time, it’s a good thing and I’m willing to do as many volunteer jobs as possible,” she said.

Kim has been living in Shenzhen for 12 years and has also been involved in activities advancing cultural understanding between Chinese and Korean people.

“I was not involved in volunteer services in South Korea. Shenzhen is where I started my role as a volunteer,” she said.

The expat team visited senior citizens at a nursing home in the district, took part in “English corner” language activities, searched for incorrect English on public signs and provided help to people with disabilities.

The district government also awarded outstanding Chinese volunteers and volunteer organizations at yesterday’s ceremony.

Four Chinese individuals and one Chinese team each received a District Chief Award, the top award for volunteer services in the district.

Established in 2008, the 108-member Chinese team helps disseminate knowledge about AIDS prevention, as well as monitor and work with AIDS high-risk groups.

Futian is home to 100,000 volunteers who provide more than 2 million hours of volunteer service per year.

Editor: 张斯
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