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China Red Cross donations in doubt after new figures show discrepancies

A man donates money to the Red Cross in Dongguan Great Mosque in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai province. Photo: Xinhua

A public outcry against missing donations by the Red Cross Society of China has morphed into subdued scepticism after the Ministry of Civil Affairs reviewed figures at the weekend that indicated considerable amount of funds had disappeared. 

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Black mark against China's charity sector

Black mark against China's charity sector

Soon after the Yaan earthquake in Sichuan , a weibo message of concern posted by the Red Cross Society of China attracted pages of derisive responses from internet users, with many telling it to "get lost". The charity should not be surprised.

4 May 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

China Red Cross admits it redirected huge donation

Students distribute Red Cross stickers in Shanghai. Photo: AP

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has admitted that more than 80 million yuan donated (HK$100 million) by more than 100 Chinese artists to build an art school and fund other reconstruction work after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake was spent on other projects.

2 May 2013 - 5:46am 14 comments

CUHK student pleads for first lady Peng Liyuan to save China Red Cross

Wife of China's President Xi Jinping, former famous Chinese singer Peng Liyuan waves as she disembarks from her plane as she and Xi arrived at Moscow's airport. Photo: EPA

Please save the Red Cross Society of China, a mainland student in Hong Kong wrote in an open letter to Peng Liyuan, urging China's first lady to take over the beleaguered charity as chairwoman.

24 Apr 2013 - 5:02pm 1 comment

Red Cross slated over Baoxing quake relief canvassing

A man in Lhasa donates for the Sichuan earthquake victims. Photo: Xinhua

The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has once again invoked public anger by canvassing for quake relief donations at one of the hardest hit areas struck by the 7.0-magnitude Yaan earthquake.

Financial news magazine CBN Weekly reporters took photographs of a Red Cross booth in Baoxing county and published them on an official account on a microblogging platform.

23 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm

Hong Kong responds generously after latest Sichuan earthquake

Trucks carrying relief supplies move on a road from Chengdu to the quake-hit Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong is responding quickly with help for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Major non-governmental organisations sent staff to the affected area to assess the situation and are mobilising supplies and resources.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Blood bank an unwitting victim of 3+3+4 education reform: Red Cross

Blood donors at the Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service headquarters in Jordan yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

The new 3+3+4 education system is taking a toll on an unlikely victim: the Red Cross says its blood bank is suffering from a drop in donations collected from secondary schools.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:59am

Briefs, January 18, 2013

South Korean rapper Psy. Photo: Reuters

More than 130 Rohingya migrants have landed on Thai soil in less than 24 hours, a local official said, as the kingdom grapples with a flurry of arrivals from Myanmar's minority group.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Red Cross president in first visit to Myanmar

Peter Maurer

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross has arrived in Myanmar to meet President Thein Sein and other officials, the first visit to the nation by an ICRC president.

"Myanmar's government has signalled its readiness to discuss a number of humanitarian issues with us," Peter Maurer said.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:52am

Chengdu official reveals details of disgraced cadre Li Chuncheng's graft

Li Chuncheng

A senior district official in Chengdu has alleged that recently disgraced former Sichuan deputy party secretary Li Chuncheng offered bribes for promotion, sold official positions to incompetent candidates and made his wife head of Chengdu's Red Cross after it received huge sums following the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

13 Dec 2012 - 7:21am

Red Cross denies it has snubbed Leung's wife

A decision not to invite Regina Tong Ching-yee, the wife of the new chief executive, to be the president of the Red Cross was not political, the organisation said, even though its past two presidents were married to the city's leaders.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Red Cross set to ask ministers for help

The Red Cross Society of China is set to ask for help from the State Council to launch major reforms in a desperate move to restore public confidence and donations after it was hit by a series of scandals - but the proposal has met strong resistance from its provincial branches.

10 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

City's first aid skills could use some emergency intervention

Most Hongkongers would be at a loss to provide the correct first aid in even the most common emergency situations, according to a Red Cross survey released yesterday.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Red Cross health project 'a scam to sell insurance'

The main mission of a charity project run by the scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China was to sell insurance, state media reported.

Most volunteers at Red Cross community service stations - called 'Bo Ai', or 'Big Love' - in Beijing were salesmen from China Life, the leading insurance company, according to News Probe, a show on Central China Television.

8 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Red Cross fails to reassure donors

The goal was to improve its transparency and regain public trust. Battered by expenses scandals and the Guo Meimei saga, the Red Cross Society of China sought to salvage some of its reputation by releasing online details of its spending and donations.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am