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Artists to donate pieces for charity

ARTWORKS created by famous local painters and calligraphists will go under the hammer during an annual charity auction on January 5 to raise money for needy seniors, students and patients, the Shanghai Charity Foundation said yesterday.

The Light Up Your Wishes auction has collected over 19.84 million yuan (US$3.18 million) in donations since it was established in 2001 by 31 local celebrities.

The auction includes pieces donated by artists Chen Peiqiu, Che Pengfei and Mao Guolun.

Shanghai ranked first among 363 domestic cities in terms of charitable donations in 2010 and 2011, collecting 6.096 billion yuan, according to the Charity Index, which was released on Thursday by the China Charity and Donation Information Center.

The Shanghai Bureau of Civil Affairs said the city had collected 11.5 billion yuan in donations, including cash and supplies, from 2008 to 2011. It added there were 1,500 charity organizations in the city by the end of last year.

The Charity Index was based on a four-year study of social donation amounts, charity organizations, charity events, volunteer services, government support and charity culture.

The Charity Index also showed that the comprehensive score of Shanghai was 93 points, second only to Beijing's 94 points.

Meanwhile, Shanghai continues to improve its charity network. The city plans to open 500 government-supervised donation spots covering all downtown communities and the Pudong New Area by the end of 2015. The aim is to make it more convenient for locals to donate money and goods to others in need. The city now has 1,001 donation spots.

According to the Regulation on Donation of Shanghai which was put into effect on September 1, only the Red Cross, public funds and other qualified social organizations are allowed to launch donation campaigns.

The donation plan shall be put on records at local civil affairs authorities, and the organizers' information and how the donations will be used shall be published on the Shanghai Donation Information Service Platform:


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