On September 21st, 2018, a "Charity Night'' was held in Shenzhen in conjunction with the 4th Pengcheng Charity Awards Ceremony at the Radio and Television Building. The event was sponsored by the Shenzhen Charity Alliance, Shenzhen Media Group and the Shenzhen Press Group. Dr. Chen Hongtian, CPPCC member, Hong Kong Justice of the Peace and Chairman of the Cheung Kei Group, attended the event and was awarded the Gold Medal for Philanthropy. Over eight hundred city dwellers from all walks of life attended the event. Attendees included: Li Huanan, Deputy secretary of the Shenzhen Municipal Committee of Political and Legal Affairs; Zhang Wen, Member of the Standing Committee of the Shenzhen People's Congress; Huang Min, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen; Vice Chairman Wang Pu and other leaders from the Shenzhen People's Political Consultative Conference as well as representatives from the 6th China Charity Fair.
Dr Chen Hongtian giving his acceptance speech
The Pengcheng Charity Awards have received much attention and many positive accolades since their launch in April 2018. At the end of August, a total of 107 organizations, individuals and projects were shortlisted for the reward by an independent jury composed of 15 members including representatives from the Guidance Unit, Organizing Unit, Municipal Party, Municipal People's Congress, Municipal Consultative Conference, the media and other industry experts.
Dr. Chen Hongtian received Shenzhen's highest level award, the Pengcheng Charitable Individual Gold Award. Only ten individuals in Shenzhen have ever received such an honor. Based on official statistics, during 2016 and 2017 Dr. Chen Hongtian donated 46.55 million yuan to charity. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Chen Hongtian said that as a Shenzhen-born entrepreneur, he is very grateful to the reforms that have taken place here. Many know that Shenzhen is the most economically developed city in China, but are not aware of the outstanding philanthropists that the city has produced. Zhai Meiqing, an entrepreneur from Shenzhen, won the Carnegie Medalat the same time as Bill Gates and Li Ka-shing. Mr. Wang Wei and Mr. Ma Huateng have also made unpublicized contributions to charity. Finally he expressed his wish that entrepreneurs in Shenzhen and Hong Kong continue to carry out their charity work shoulder to shoulder.
Dr. Chen Hongtian and other entrepreneurs from Shenzhen and Hong Kong with Shenzhen's Vice Mayor Huang Min (middle)
As chairman of the Cheung Kei Group, Dr. Chen Hongtian has spent many years working in the areas of poverty alleviation, education and public welfare. He has been at the forefront of charitable activities arranged by the group that have raised over HKD 300 million. In 2011, he was presented with both the Special Administrative Region's 30-years Pengcheng Charity Outstanding Contribution Award, and was named as one of the 100 Outstanding Global Chinese Persons by the Global Outstanding Chinese Association and Chinese Literature Publishing Press. He won the Gold Medal for Philanthropy at the 3rd Pengcheng Charity Awards in 2016, earned the Distinguished Hong Kong Person award at the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland in 2017, and in 2018 he was presented with the Leadership Award by the World Eminence Chinese Business Association.
At this year's awards, Dr Chen Hongtian won the Gold Medal for Philanthropy once again. The award recognizes and affirms the fact that Dr. Chen Hongtian and the Cheung Kei Group have fulfilled their social responsibilities and have shown constant enthusiasm for both public welfare and charitable matters for more than 30 years now. It also inspires all at Cheung Kei to continue making contributions to society. It is said that love knows no bounds, but neither do good deeds. In years to come, Dr. Chen Hongtian will continue to lead Cheung Kei Group as it shoulders even more social responsibilities and actively participates in charitable activities that help more individuals and groups to benefit and as society becomes more harmonious.
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