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China’s Crisis-Ridden Red Cross Admits Misuse of Donations

05-02 00:00 财经网 财经网

The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC), the country’s official philanthropy body drenched in confidence crisis, has admitted that it misused public donations, leaving more stains on its already wrecked reputation.

RCSC acknowledged that it used funds raised for rebuilding areas rocked in the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 for “Broad Love Home”, a project for helping 248 communities in six provinces affected in the 2008 tragedy.

Use of the fund, though didn’t go as planned, was largely in line with the donators’ willingness, said the RCSC in a statement Monday after some donators asked for fund disclosure.

Fang Lijun, a Chinese artist raised questions about the missing donations he and some other 100 artists collected for Qing Chenshan, a quake-striken city in 2008 tragedy, on his weibo account last week.

“Qing Chengshan didn’t get them and the donations are nowhere to be found,” Fang said, “I didn’t get any explanations for how the funds are used.”

Poly Auction, China’s leading auction house, sold 103 works from over 100 artists for 84.72million yuan and donated to Qing Chengshan via the CRSC in May 29th, 2008, days after a magnitude 8.0 shook southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The incident left RCSC in deeper crisis after Guo Meimei, a young woman at the center of an online row two years ago burned it reputation.

Zhao Baige, deputy chairwoman of RCSC, said she will resign if the organization can not be able to rebuild its wrecked reputation in the following two or three years. 

Zhao made the remarks on Saturday at a conference on use of donations raised for rebuilding Ya’an, a city in Sichuan, jolted by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake two weeks ago which has so far claimed lives of at least 196 and injured over 13,000. 

The RCSC had collected 667milllion worth of donations for Ya’an as of 5p.m.on Wednesday. 

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