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Chinese children helped by charity recycling programme

China – A newspaper recycling programme has helped nearly 3000 children in China receive medical treatment or education.

Launched by the China Charity Federation (CCF) in early 2008, the project has collected over 40 000 tonnes of paper across China to date and recouped US$ 4.9 million (Euro 3.5 million) from recyclers, according to a Chinese media report.

The money has helped to pay for the treatment of 313 children with serious illnesses such as heart disease and has also subsidised the education of 2670 poor children. ′A piece of waste paper is very thin, light and goes unnoticed, but it will become something thick and weighty when it is donated to the charity programme,′ a CCF spokesman has commented.

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