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Volunteers get awards for good deeds

OFFICE workers who devote themselves to volunteer community work can look forward to earning not only respect, but prizes like overseas trips.

A white-collar volunteer service program, started in January, is recruiting people willing to devote spare time to working in local communities as traffic assistants or greenery maintenance workers.

Each of the good citizens can earn points that can be exchanged for more than 100,000 gifts, including foreign travel.

Participants can get 10 points for working as a traffic assistant, 20 points for planting trees and 280 points for donating blood.

"We set up prizes to attract and encourage more office workers to participate in volunteer service in their spare time," said Tao Jun, a staff member of the program.

The program, sponsored by China International Intellectech Corp, has purchased 1 million yuan (US$146,470) worth of commodities and services as prizes, Tao said.

One point can be exchanged for roughly 1 yuan in goods. The top prizes, outbound package tours, require thousands of points.

More than 13,000 people, including at least 300 expats, have joined the volunteer group.

The group will undertake two or three service activities every day, and white-collar workers can choose to participate whenever they are free.

Nearly 400 group members will go into the street to help police guide traffic and promote safe driving today, the national "Learn From Lei Feng Day" in honor of a People's Liberation Army soldier known for his selflessness and good deeds.


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