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Love knows no borders at charity sale

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On a clear, sunny Saturday at Beijing's Olympic Green, Eleni Moutsaki was happily introducing Greek shampoos to passersby. She was also offering bottles of olive oil, sculptures and pencils decorated with ancient Greek symbols.

She was just one of the staff from foreign embassies in Beijing taking part in the international "Love Knows No Borders" charity sale at the weekend. The sale was being held to aid children in Yunnan province.

"Our goal is to sell everything, get the money and help kids go to school," said Moutsaki, press and communication attaché for the Greek embassy.

The sale is the brainchild of Le Aimei, Chinese honorary ambassador for poverty alleviation and wife of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

More than 70 embassies and international organizations set up booths to sell artwork, clothes and food. They raised 1 million yuan ($140,000) towards the construction of new schools in Jinping and Malipo counties in Yunnan.

The ministry has been providing assistance to the counties since 1992.

"To get rid of poverty, we must first put an end to ignorance," said Le at the opening ceremony.

United States Ambassador John Huntsman, who joined his family to sell used books at the US stall, said: "We are working hard today to pursue a common cause - school children in Yunnan. It's very inspiring."

On display at the Japanese embassy's three booths were fabrics, lollipops with comic prints, sushi and cakes. Katayama Yukari, wife of the embassy's economic minister Katayama Kazuki, said she started preparing for the event two months ago and even made the Japanese pancakes herself.

"We want to show our love to the children. We also hope Chinese people learn about Japanese culture through these products," she said.

Students from Yunnan also traveled to the capital to take part in traditional folk dancing performances.

For Yang Xixi, an early education center worker who said she bought books, Peru pins and Albanian earrings, it was a wonderful day.

"It is very worthwhile," said the 26-year-old. "I can not only show my love but also tour the world in just one day.”


1. What was being sold at the Greek embassy booth?

2. Who came up with the idea for the "Love Knows No Borders" charity sale?

3. Students from what province traveled to Beijing to perform?


1. Bottles of olive oil, sculptures, shampoos and pencils decorated with ancient Greek symbols.

2. Le Aimei.

3. Yunnan.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Love knows no borders at charity sale

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Love knows no borders at charity sale

Nancy Matos is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Nancy is a graduate of the Broadcast Journalism and Media program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Her journalism career in broadcast and print has taken her around the world from New York to Portugal and now Beijing. Nancy is happy to make the move to China and join the China Daily team.