CBRE Saves Children in China

For its 7th year, commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE is launching ‘Save a Child’s Life,’ a philanthropy project that does what it claims: saves children’s lives.

As part of the program, the company has selected ten children with congenital heart disease from poor families in Guangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai and surrounding cities. CBRE provides those families with financial support they need to afford life-saving heart surgeries that is otherwise beyond their means.

Over the past six years, more than 60 young children have benefited from the program. CBRE has donated approximately RMB1.4 million in the process.

“We strongly believe in our responsibility to making a positive impact upon the community in the long term,” said Chris Brooke, Chairman & CEO of CBRE in China. “CBRE is dedicated to supporting the communities within which we have business operations. In addition, a philanthropy programme of this nature also encourages and allows our employees to engage in meaningful CSR activities in line with our corporate values. As a responsible corporate citizen, CBRE is committed to bringing about meaningful change to the communities within which we work and to improving the wellbeing of children and their families.”

Over 90% of infants with congenital heart disease can be cured through timely surgical intervention, but many families cannot afford the surgery. In China, only about two thirds of the children who fail to receive this needed surgery live past their 20th birthday.

Anna Liu, General Manager of Operation Blessing China, said, “Financial assistance towards surgical treatment not only brings health to the children, but also reduces the families burden on finance and the tension on the family can be relieved which subsequently will allow the family unit to build healthy relationships with one another. Over time, Operation Blessing China has seen that a simple and cost-effective surgery could drastically change the quality of life not only for the child, but for the family as a whole. During the past six years, we have received generous support from CBRE in China in relation to the ‘Save a Child’s Life’ programme. I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to CBRE for its great support.”

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