THE annual fundraising campaign for people from needy families was officially launched at Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint, book cities and other public venues over the weekend.
During the weekend fundraising campaign, a handful of government departments, including Shenzhen Customs and the Shenzhen Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, among others, asked for support from the public at Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint.
Many residents have given generously or bought products to support the fund after learning the purpose of the fundraising event.
The campaign was organized by the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of the CPC Youth League and the Shenzhen Teenager Development Foundation. The organizers said they would continue to focus on promoting Shenzhen into a Youth Development City throughout the year.
The special fund was established in March 1998 to help teenagers, who had dropped out of school due to poverty, disease or accidental injury, get back into school. Since its establishment, the fund has distributed more than 26.65 million yuan (US$4.2 million) to help 25,354 Shenzhen teens.
Residents between 0 and 35 years old, who have a Shenzhen household registration or have lived in the city for over two years, can apply for help from the fund if they have withdrawn from school and have no financial support.