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Belgian in Shenzhen holds deep commitment to charity

By Pei Pei and Xing Wen in Shenzhen | | Updated: 2020-09-14 20:11
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Over the past five years, Belgian Ronny Verdoodt has organized around 120 charity events to help the poor, the elderly, autistic, disabled and orphans in Shenzhen, attracting nearly 6,000 volunteers and contributors from more than 50 countries including Australia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Japan.

After the Gorkha earthquake struck near the city of Kathmandu in central Nepal on April 25, 2015, Verdoodt was inspired to start his charitable work.

The 56-year-old says after the earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people and damaged numerous buildings, he wanted do something to help.

And he also wondered why people are often roused to help others only in the wake of a disaster.

"At that moment, it struck me to do something good and simple for the people around me in the country and city I was living in: Shenzhen," he said.

His idea was to donate time by doing volunteer work and providing warmth, love and appreciation to those in need.

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