This year marks the tenth anniversary of the proposal of the Belt and Road Initiative. Sri Lanka is one of the earliest countries to support the initiative. In order to support the high-quality development of the Belt and Road Initiative and promote people-to-people exchanges between China and Sri Lanka, the Canton & Sri Lanka International Charity Carnival was held in Guangzhou's Pearl River Park on November 19th. Approximately 300 Chinese and foreign citizens attended the event to experience cultural exchanges between China and Sri Lanka.
The Canton & Sri Lanka International Charity Carnival, established by the Guangzhou Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation in 2021, aims to provide scholarships for financially disadvantaged children in Sri Lanka to meet their urgent educational needs. The project has now been successfully implemented for three years, benefiting numerous students and their families in Hambantota, Puttalam, and Kandy in Sri Lanka.
During the carnival, the Sri Lankan cultural exhibition, the Ceylon market, and the bilingual children plays in Chinese and English attracted a large number of Chinese and foreign tourists. Suranga Algewatte, the Consul General Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou, spoke at the closing ceremony and expressed appreciation for the event format and the enthusiastic participation of the public.
It is reported that the Guangzhou Foundation for International Exchange and Cooperation will continue to work with all sectors to explore more diverse forms of activities, create internationally renowned events that are popular with the public, and provide Guangzhou with more high-standard, people-oriented and sustainable international exchange projects.
Reporters saw at the scene that students and friends from Sri Lanka in Guangzhou formed the Ceylon market. They introduced Sri Lankan food culture to Chinese and foreign citizens who came to participate in the carnival through their own homemade food and milk tea. There were also teachers, students, and parents from kindergartens, primary schools, and middle schools, as well as enthusiasts such as children play troupes actively participating in this carnival. It is reported that the sales revenue from this market will be used to support the living needs of disadvantaged children.
Source: Yangcheng Evening News
文、图丨记者 谭铮 通讯员 黄嘉雯