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Diplomatically offering a helping hand

THE wives and partners of Shanghai's diplomatic community held a fundraising lunch on Sunday to mark International Women's Day and to help support underprivileged school children.

Consular Spouses Shanghai was established in May 1996 by the diplomatic spouses and consular offices in Shanghai to encourage friendship and understanding among its members and in the broader community.

Last Sunday's Charity International Lunch was organized in cooperation with the Yongfoo Elite Club and the Shanghai Charity Foundation.

Speaking at the event, CSS President Mandisa Khumalo, who is married to the South African Consul General Vika M. Khumalo, says the organization also aimed to promote social and cultural exchanges with the host city and country where the diplomatic spouses reside.

"Paramount for CSS is to give something back to the local community. Over the last 12 years, CSS has raised over 6 million yuan (US$877,155)," she says in a speech at the lunch.

"The proceeds are utilized entirely for health and education projects for women and children in Shanghai and surrounding provinces."

CSS supports a range of charities in Shanghai and the surrounding provinces.

This includes supporting a special school in Anhui Province where renovations have been completed and hearing aids for the children provided.

CSS has also sponsored a library, as well as leukemia treatment for underprivileged children at Fudan Pediatric Hospital and the treatment of premature infants of low-income migrant workers at the Shanghai Children's Center.

It also provides support for a range of other programs ranging from helping children to finish school to helping train unemployed women look after children at an orphanage.

Through the Shanghai Charity Foundation, they have also helped pay for cataract operations for elderly women.

Some of the charitable organizations they support include the Shanghai Women's Federation, Soon Ching Ling Foundation, Roots and Shoots and Shanghai Sunrise.

This latest fundraising drive provided schooling and support for 11 children, one of whom has gone on to university study.

"We are a very fluid organization as we serve our respective countries for a short period in each country but what remains constant is our objective to be part of the community wherever we are posted," Khumalo says.

CSS holds regular fundraisings throughout the year and its next event is planned for May/June with a gala dinner expected to be attended by more than 400 people.

Khumalo says despite the global economic crisis, the organization continued to receive strong support from sponsors and its charitable partners.

"As we all know with the global financial crisis more and more of our brothers and sisters need our help especially the children as parents are laid off work," she says.

For more information on the organization and its activities visit


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