HNA Charity Night
Haikou-UNDP China entered a new public-private partnership with HNA Group at a charity event hosted by the company on 28 April in Haikou, Hainan Province. Deputy Country Director Patrick Haverman was in attendance as a part of a star-studded guest list that included notable figures in the charity and business sectors as well as well-known singers, actors and other public figures.
At the event a donation of 200,000RMB by HNA Group to UNDP China was announced, to contribute to the Country Office’s relief efforts in response to the recent Ya’an earthquake. The money will be put towards the purchase of emergency kits containing the basic commodities required to be self-sustaining while electricity, gas, water and communications are down, until more comprehensive help can arrive from the public services. These kits are to be distributed to the households that need them most, and will afford those affected by the earthquake a better chance of survival.
If implemented successfully, it is hoped that the Chinese government will adopt this model of aid relief in the future, making people better equipped to deal with natural disasters and the secondary threats they can also pose.