BEIJING, Oct. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 8th, Linda Wong, President of Yihai Group, was joined by Vice President Jessie Wong at a ceremony held in the Serbian city of Uzice to commemorate the first written mention of the city more than 687 years ago.
At the "City Day" celebration held at the Uzice National Theater, Mrs. Wong received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to Uzice. This is the city's highest honor.
Mayor Tihomir Petuovic cited Mrs. Wong's generous financial support of 300,000 euros ($334,860) to finish construction of the Pora Kindergarten in the city. She also serves as the Honorable Chairman of the China-Serbia Culture Exchange and led a delegation of 30 Chinese officials in 2015 to establish a partnership between Uzice and the Chinese city of Harbin. He noted that Mrs. Wong has been a strong advocate of China's "One Belt, One Road" incentive by fostering co-developments between China and Serbia for business developments and education projects.
In accepting her award Mrs. Wong said: "It is a great honor to be recognized by Mayor Petuovic and the people of Uzice. Yihai Group is committed to an ongoing economic and educational partnership with Uzice. China values our 35 year friendship with Serbia."
Mrs. Wong presented the Mayor with a plaque created in one of Yihai Group Elder Colleges with an inscription that read "Chinese-Serbia Friendship."
During the visit to Serbia, Mrs. Wong, the Mayor Petuovic and members of the City Council visited Pora Kindergarten to survey the construction. When it is completed, the school will have Chinese decorations and offer classes in Chinese language and culture. The Pora Kindergarten is the first kindergarten to be donated by a Chinese business as part of the "One Belt, One Road" initiative. To advance better understanding between the two countries, an Education Forum will be held every year at the new school.
Mrs. Wong also visited the National Museum and attended the opening ceremony of "Uzice 1941" to learn more about the city and its history. She also enjoyed musical performances by artists of Uzice.
Yihai Group was founded in 1990 by Mrs. Wong. It invests in China and globally with projects in real estate development, education, management and businesses. Philanthropy is important to the company's culture.
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