5) BBC Radio Solent 17/2/2020 [From 73:25 – 78:10]
希望 各界熱心人士 也能加入我們的團隊 一起努力 聯手抗擊疫情！
In 2008, the Chinese Association of Southampton organized a large-scale donation to help the victims of the Sichuan earthquake, raising a total of £ 19,058.15.
Unfortunately, China is now facing a novel coronavirus epidemic. The Chinese Association of Southampton committee is working with students from the University of Southampton and the Mayor of Southampton to fight the epidemic. Student organizers include: Luo Feifei, Wang Shuxian, Han Xujing, Wang Huailin, Yang Kaikai, Luo Yubo, Guo Qiyue etc.
I hope that kind-hearted people from all walks of life can join our effort and work together to fight the epidemic!
Dr Michael Ng
Chinese Association of Southampton Chairperson
The medical staff have always been there as our health guardians, it is now time for us to guard them and be their strongest backup!
At the end of 2019, the outbreak of the 2019-nCoV in Hubei, China, caught the attention of Chinese people all around the world. Since the outbreak of the epidemic, we have been following the news closely, feeling worried about the spread of the virus, distressed by the suffering of our compatriots, and concerned about the health and safety of all frontline medical staff.
(Thousands of Chinese doctors volunteered for the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak. They are overwhelmed, under-equipped, exhausted, and even dying. THE CENTRAL HOSPITAL OF WUHAN VIA WEIBO /via REUTERS)
(The scene at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital on January 25, one day after the city was put into lockdown. Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images)
Currently thousands of medical staff are fighting relentlessly in the frontline against the virus day and night to protect us, taking huge health risks whilst separated from their families and friends. Although distance separates us, the Chinese community in Southampton wishes to support the honorable medical staff by helping to reduce their infection risks through adequate access to essential protective medical supplies.
Recently, almost all the hospitals in the affected areas in China are facing desperate shortages of medical supplies. Many hospitals in Wuhan, Xiaogan, Xinyang, and Wenzhou have run out of protective medical equipment and have started to call for help from the global community through their official channels. The Chinese Association of Southampton is now in contact with British medical material manufacturers, international logistic suppliers, and the mainland hospitals facing scarce medical shortages to find ways to replenish critical supplies from the UK. To accelerate our efforts, we are calling for your help to enable us to procure and deliver more medical equipment for the mainland hospitals needing help.
(Due to medical supplies shortage, medical staff use medical alcohol to disinfect the protective glasses and use them repeatedly, photo taken by China Daily.)
We are hereby formally launching a fundraising campaign to help fight against the 2019-nCoV epidemic, and are calling for help from all the overseas Chinese, students, and friends in Southampton and the United Kingdom who wish to join our efforts. Every pound you donate will make a difference to protect the safety of the frontline hospital and medical staff. We need and appreciate your help!
Bank Name: HSBC
Sort Code: 40-42-19
A/C No.: 91367269
A/C Name: Chinese Association of Southampton
Charity No.: 1094390
When you donate, please fill in the Reference: soton
For anonymous donation, please fill in the Reference: soton0
All donations will be used to procure medical supplies to be delivered to hospitals in China fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic.
The first round of donations will be closed by 4pm, Saturday 23rd February 2020. Chinese Association of Southampton will display the proceed details on our official website. Our commitment is that all the proceeds will be used for the procurement of medical supplies (medical protective clothing, goggles, medical gloves, etc.) that are short in supply in China. The purchased supplies will be delivered to the Mainland as soon as possible through the fastest logistical means, and donated directly to first-line hospitals in mainland China. The details of expenditures related to materials purchased, logistics and transportation will be publicized throughout our official channel and we welcome the supervision from the society.
If you use WeChat and want to join us, or if you experience any problems when making a donation, please scan the QR-code to contact us. We are always happy to answer your questions and update details with you.
Thanks again for your kindness! Cheer for China!
Fundraising status report
See the bottom of this page.
(data source: WHO on Feb 6th https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200206-sitrep-17-ncov.pdf?sfvrsn=17f0dca_4 )
Bank Account: Chinese Association of Southampton
Account No.: 91367269
Sort Code: 404219
Bank Name: HSBC
請統一轉賬至南安普敦華人協會賬戶，轉賬時請註明【 soton 】；如果不想公示名字，轉帳時請註明【soton0】
第一批善款募集將會於2020年2月23日下午4時截止。屆時，南安普敦華人協會將通過bank statement 統一公示捐款人及金額。
1月26日，農曆庚子鼠年正月初二，南安普敦華人協會聯合南安普敦大學孔子學院於Westquay Shopping Centre 隆重舉辦迎新春慶祝活動，豐富多彩的文藝節目為當地華人華僑及民眾帶來了中國年味十足的文化盛宴。
當地時間上午11點，慶祝活動在歡快的音樂聲中開始。南安普敦華人協會會長黃嵩鈞博士發表了熱情洋溢的致辭，向來賓致以新春的祝福和節日的問候。他表示，華人協會不僅是海外華人情感交流的家園，也是傳播和弘揚優秀中華文化的平台。新春慶祝活動是我們展示中華千百年文化的重要契機。接著，南安普敦大學孔子學院院長鄭英博士，南安普敦市長Cllr.Peter Bailie 等應邀嘉賓分別送上新春的祝福。
On January 26, the second day of the Chinese New Year, the Southampton Chinese Association and the Southampton University Confucius Institute hosted a grand Chinese New Year celebration at the Westquay Shopping Centre. A variety of cultural programmes were presented to local Chinese and local residents.
At 11 am local time, the celebration began with cheerful music. Dr. Michael Ng, the chairperson of the Southampton Chinese Association, delivered a warm speech and extended his greetings to the guests. He said that the Chinese Association is not just a drop-in centre among overseas Chinese, but also a platform for spreading and promoting Chinese culture. The Chinese New Year celebration is an important opportunity for us to show the thousand-year Chinese culture to the public. Next, Dr. Ying Zheng, director of Southampton University Confucius Institute and Cllr. Peter Bailie, the Mayor of Southampton, as well as other invited guests gave their speeches and greetings.
The scene was full of colors, the shows were great and the audience applaud continuously. The magnificent lion dance came with the joy and blessings of the New Year, which instantly lit the festive atmosphere of the New Year. Ethnic dances are colorful and graceful. The melody from Chinese zither, erhu and bamboo flute is mellow and refreshing. The Chinese folk songs are gentle and melodious. The Chinese martial arts performance and Tai Chi display were magnificent and stunning. The Peking opera is full of charm and it was greatly appreciated by the audience. The cheongsam show is full of classic style and the performers perfectly show the elegance and beauty of oriental women. The performance is full of Chinese characteristics and is praised by the audience.
The stage was full of excitement and the workshops were crowded with people. Red lanterns, calligraphy, paper cutting, kungfu fans etc set off the event scene with joy. The whole event lasted 4 and a half hours and was always filled with a joyous and festive atmosphere.
Reported by Ms. Hongbin Kang