Chinese business community donates blankets to the needy in Francistown


In an endeavour to show compassion to the needy, the Chinese business community in Francistown recently donated blankets worth P32 000 to the less fortunate in the second city.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, a representative of Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Francistown, Wei Hou said the money was raised by generous chamber members. “With this fund raised, we have prepared 150 comforters and 150 shawls. We hope that these comforters and shawls will not only keep you physically warm during this winter season but also make you feel warm in the heart,” Hou revealed.

According to Hou since 2016 up to now, they have carried out five major charity activities. “Our charity footprint covers all areas of Francistown. The total fund raised by our chamber has amounted to more than P120,000 from which around 700 less privileged people have benefited,” he explained.

Hou said as the Chinese business community plying their trade in Francistown, they are here to contribute whatever they can for the local economy to flourish and create more employment opportunities for the locals. He added, “At the same time, we are committed to care for the people in need. Our continuous action has proven and will keep on proving that we care for the people in need and we mean it.”

Still at the same event, the Chinese medical team based at Nyangabgwe referral hospital tested senior citizens for non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and sugar diabetes for free as a way of giving back to the community. Dr Pei Feng Hou, the branch leader of the 15th China Medical team in Francistown said their team comprises of 22 members who include 15 excellent specialists from 12 clinical departments and 5 experienced nurses. “Among us, there are 2 chief doctors, 5 associate-chief doctors, 8 attending doctors and 5 nurses-in-charge. All of us come from Fujian Province of China,” Hou lamented.

He promised that in the coming two years, they will continue to offer effective medical assistance for Batswana and build up friendship between China and Botswana. Hou said during their term in Botswana, they will conscientiously practice the spirit of the China Medical Team which says, “Don’t be afraid of hardship, be willing to sacrifice, heal the wounded and rescue the dying and love the world.”