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A charity veteran - at the age of 10

VICTIMS of the earthquake that devastated areas of southwest China's Sichuan Province last year will receive cash and goods worth about 700,000 yuan (US$102,548) - thanks to the generosity of a 10-year-old girl.

The girl, from a wealthy family, made the decision at her glitzy birthday party on Saturday in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province.

The girl's mother said her daughter had a clear mind and was adamant about where the money and goods should go, Yangtse Evening Post reported yesterday.

The birthday party, attended by her 37 classmates and their parents, featured a specially designed lottery - with the top prizes three cars. Other prizes at the bash included laptops and pens.

"The party was estimated to have cost 1 million yuan," a guest said.

However, the highlight was not the expensive prizes but the birthday girl's generosity.

She said she was donating all her red-envelope birthday cash of more than 200,000 yuan to Sichuan victims and urged her parents to contribute 500,000 yuan worth of winter jackets, pants and quilts. They, of course, complied.

"My parents have taught me to share with others," she reportedly said during the party.

The girl had already donated nearly 400,000 yuan to build a kindergarten in Sichuan and had visited there for charity affairs five times, her mother said.

The cash from Saturday's party will be spent on medicine, food, books and shoes for residents in Sichuan's Mianyang and Wenchuan, the worst-hit areas in the May 12 earthquake.

The mother said her daughter once suffered leukemia and still had some side effects from chemotherapy.


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