Red Cross to Disclose All Quake Relief Contributions
   2013-04-23 14:53:47    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liu Ranran

Zhao Baige, executive vice-president of the Red Cross Society of China, speaks to reporters in quake-hit Lushan County of Sichuan Province on Sunday, April 21, 2013. [Photo: redcross.org.cn]

The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has pledged to perform openly and transparently during the ongoing disaster of the Lushan earthquake, The Beijing Morning Post reports.

In 2011, a young woman who identified herself as "Guo Meimei" and claimed to work for an organization under the RCSC flaunted her lavish lifestyle on her microblog, which plunged the organization into a crisis of confidence.

After the scandal, people began to question the fairness of the organization's fundraising campaigns and distributions.

As of Monday afternoon, the RCSC had delivered a total of more than 29 million yuan (US$4.69 million) worth of relief supplies from the RCSC headquarters, the local Red Cross organizations on the Chinese mainland, and Red Cross offices in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. The donations included more than 22 million yuan's worth in relief materials and 7.25 million yuan in cash. The supplies included family first-aid kit, tents, blankets, jackets, coats, mineral water, food, medicine and medical supplies.

The RCSC also sent 400 rescuers divided into 25 teams and 113 rescue vehicles to the disaster areas.

It is reported that Zhao Baige, executive vice-president of the Red Cross Society of China, arrived in the quake-hit areas with 51 million yuan in public donations.

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