China's most altruistic stars
CHINESE celebrities - with their influence, fame and money - are becoming important pillars in the field of charity.
Last week, the China Philanthropist magazine issued a ranking list, in which Chinese celebrities - including film stars, artists, athletes, TV anchors and writers - were evaluated for the charity work they have done in the past year.
Their charitable deeds were assessed based on how they contributed - by donation (10 per cent), fund-raising (15 per cent), charity activities (40 per cent) and charity influence (35 per cent).
That the report gave more weight to charity activities and influences, apart from the traditional act of making donations, shows that personal involvement in charity work seems more important than before.
Retired basketball star Yao Ming, for instance, initiated the Yao Foundation Charity Game last year, where all ticket proceeds went to building basketball courts at primary schools in China. He is ranked eighth.
The top 10 celebrities in the list are: husband-and-wife pair Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy (83), Jackie Chan (81), Fan Bingbing (80), Cui Yongyuan (79), Zhao Wei (78), Yang Lan (78), Han Hong (77), Yao Ming (75), Wang Han (72), Yuan Li (71) and Jiang Yiyan (71, tied with Yuan Li).
Here is a quick look at the contributions of the top five charitable stars.
1. HUANG XIAOMING AND ANGELABABY
As a shareholder of Huayi Brothers Media Corporation, Chinese actor Huang donated more than 10 million yuan (S$2 million), including two million yuan for rescue work, following the Tianjin Tanggu chemical explosion in August.
He also paid for the living expenses of 527 children as a wedding gift for his wife, Angelababy, in October.
In the last two years, he has donated to 30 schools nationwide.
2. JACKIE CHAN
The Hong Kong actor donated three million yuan to relatives of the firemen killed during the Tianjin chemical explosion in August.
Chan also donated his birthday gift from his fans - over a million yuan - to charity.
He founded his own Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation in 2008.
3. FAN BINGBING
The Chinese actress donated one million yuan to relatives of the firemen killed during the Tianjin chemical explosion in August.
She also runs her own charitable project, Heart Ali, to help children with congenital heart diseases in the Ali district in Tibet Autonomous Region.
4. CUI YONGYUAN
In 2014, the Chinese TV anchor donated the 200 million yuan he earned for being a product spokesman to a public fund-raising set-up, the Beijing Shuiyuan Public Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving oral history.
Cui founded the Beijing Yongyuan Foundation with the Beijing Red Cross in 2007, training village teachers and protecting intangible cultural heritage.
5. ZHAO WEI
The Chinese actress donated one million yuan to the V Love Leucocythemia Foundation in February last year.
It is set up to help children aged three to 14, who are diagnosed with leukaemia, with transplant operations.
CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK