Lavish Lunch for Chinese Red Cross Causes Outrage Print
Real China
Zhang Hong   

A Xinan Ethnic University professor, Xiao Xuehui revealed in his blog on 15th April, that Shanghai's Luwan District Red Cross has spent nearly ten thousand yuan (US$1540) for lunch in a high class restaurant, Hui-Gong-Guan, where every meal costs around 500 yuan (US$78).

A photo of the receipt was also posted online. The news quickly spread across the country and bloggers are asking: where has the money that I donated gone?!

According to the Daily Economic News, Hui-Gong-Guan restaurant serves abalone, shark fin etc. and top brands of alcohol.

The Chief of China Red Cross, Mr. Ding Suo told journalists: "The case is being investigated." Mr. Ding also told media that he is sure that not one cent of that money was from donations.

Professor Xiao questions: "whether it is donations or public funds, it should be clearly disclosed."

Another blogger wonders: "what type of public fund does Red Cross have for them to afford such a lunch?"

"Don't be surprised, it is just the Chinese Red Cross, it is under 'party' (communist party) control."

A blogger 'nlyang' revealed: "I took part in an activity of Red Cross in Shengzhen in 2006; we had paid about 3000 yuan (US$462) for a day training course, but spent more than 2300 yuan (US$354) for lunch for eight people. ...there were many cases....I could not write them all. But I will not contribute to China Red Cross anymore."

Another blogger: "If any organization is able to stand free in China, it must already be turned into red. what's the surprise? China Red Cross has been caught red faced in China many times, but since they are already red, one can not distinguish whether  their faces turned red."

A Shichuan blogger recalled one incident related to China Red Cross, in May 2008, just after the devastating Shichuan earthquake, a woman bought a 400 yuan (US$61)watch from Jiudian market and asked for a receipt for fast noodles for “Zigong Red Cross" instead.