The charitable foundation launched recently by pop diva Faye Wong and her film star husband Li Yapeng has set an ambitious agenda for this year.
Chinese pop diva Faye Wong and her actor husband Li Yapeng attend a charity ball to raise funds for their Smile Angel Foundation in Beijing, December 26, 2006. [Sina.com.cn]
With its support, more than 400 children from poverty-stricken families who suffer from cleft palates are expected to receive free operations this year.
The celebrity couple set up the Yan Ran Angel Foundation named after their daughter, who recently underwent surgery to treat her own cleft lip in November to help children born with cleft lips and palates. It will target children under 14 years of age.
The foundation has so far collected more than 12 million yuan ($1.5 million), according to Xinhua.
Wong's daughter, Li Yan, was born on May 27 last year. Li Yapeng said that the little girl had been born with a cleft lip in his blog in August.
"My wife and I don't intend to cover up the truth because it is related to a child, and we have a lots of things to do within limited time or we'll miss the best time for my daughter's treatment," Li said. "All we do is for the benefit of my daughter and for a good environment for her recovery."
Later Wong flew her daughter to the United States for plastic surgery.
The couple donated 1 million yuan ($125,000) to start the foundation in collaboration with the Red Cross Society of China.