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Charity helps kids with leukemia

CHILDREN with leukemia have touched the hearts, and purse strings, of more than 300 people at a charity auction.

The Beautiful Mind charity party raised 844,800 yuan (US$123,725) in an auction last Sunday at the Pullman Skyway Hotel.

All the donations will be used to help needy children with leukemia, and 120 kids will get their Chinese Lunar New Year's wish-gifts.

Beautiful Mind is a volunteer charity that provides psychological counseling and other support to children suffering serious, long-term illness, such as leukemia. The event included performances by children, both ailing and well, medical staff and volunteers.

The MCs of the party were Dragon TV host Wan Dini and Luo Nianci, director of BSI Management Institute.

Young leukemia patients and medical staff sang "Make the World Full of Love" to express wishes for world peace.

The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus sang "Grateful Heart."

Healthy children also sang songs to encourage kids with leukemia to be brave, hopeful and to enjoy life. Ding Ning, a third-grader from Yifu Primary School Chorus, sang along with classmates.

The charity auction ran for three hours. In addition to bidding, some guests donated cash.

The nonprofit Beautiful Mind psychological counseling charity was initiated by the Oriental Morning Post and is supported by the Shanghai Mental Health Center, the Psychological Counseling Center of East China Normal University and Shanghai Children's Hospital.

It is the city's first organization formed by professional psychologists and youth education experts to provide both psychological counseling and financial support to children suffering serious illness.

More than 100 people are working as volunteers. Between 2007 and 2009 more than 500 volunteers took part in the effort to provide better services for ailing children.

In 2010, Beautiful Mind activities will continue.

One project will provide inspirational books to the children, with help from the Spiritual Growth Association.


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