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Charity auction brings in 1.7m yuan

SHANGHAI'S biggest charity auction raised 1.7 million yuan (US$268,083) yesterday to help cataract patients and children with congenital heart disease.

Organized by Shanghai Charity Foundation, the "Lighting Your Wishes" event saw 32 lots auctioned - including paintings, calligraphy works and handicrafts.

The most popular lot was a calligraphy work featuring 100 representations of the Chinese character fu - which means fortune and blessing - and shou, which stands for "longevity."

Donated by the Shanghai Culture and History Institute, the work made 600,000 yuan, officials said.

Another popular lot was a Chinese painting of lotus by Shi Mo, who is renowned both in China and Western countries.

The foundation said over the past 11 years the annual auction, set up by local celebrities, has raised 19.8 million yuan.

Along with other donations, the proceeds have helped more than 20,000 patients, from both Shanghai and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China.

The auction is a part of the foundation's annual "charity carnival" - entitled "True Love Under the Blue Sky."

Officials said they will announce later details of how the money raised was spent.

The foundation will publish an annual "carnival" report covering the whole year for the first time on January 7, when the event reaches its climax, said the foundation.


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