SHANGHAI, May 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC", NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981), China's largest and most advanced semiconductor foundry and one of the world's largest foundries, held the donation ceremony for SMIC's fourth donation to the "Liver Transplant Program for Children", declaring to donate another 2.55 million Yuan to the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. The program has accumulatively received over 10 million RMB for sick children so far. People attending the ceremony include the SMIC Chairman Zhou Zixue, SMIC Honorary Chairman Zhang Wenyi, SMIC CEO and Executive Director Tzu-Yin Chiu, the President of Renji Hospital Li Weiping, the Secretary Guo Lian, Vice-presidents Wen Daxiang and Xia Qiang, Deputy Secretary Min Jianying, and Liu Ying, Director of the General Office of Program of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation.
Children are the hope of families and the future of our society. Since April, 2013, when SMIC initiated "Liver Transplant Program for Children", SMIC has donated 2 million Yuan every year to the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation to help liver-diseased children from poor families nationwide to receive liver transplants in Shanghai Renji Hospital. As of 2015, 137 children in total (the youngest one of whom is only six months old) have been treated and reclaimed new lives.
With an increasing attention on "Liver Transplant Program for Children" from society, more and more enterprises have devoted themselves to this charitable cause. It is estimated that up to 59 companies participated in the program this year and gave donations amounting to 1.476 million Yuan, including 200,000 Yuan from Jiangsu Xinchaoren'ai Foundation, which is affiliated with JCET, the biggest packaging service provider in mainland China. "Liver Transplant Program for Children" has been a mutual mission and responsibility of the semiconductor industry for public welfare.
"Life is the greatest charity," SMIC Chairman Zhou Zixue said. "As the leading IC manufacturer in China, we are ready to take more social responsibility with our continuous growth and development to give back to society, and influence more individuals, organizations and enterprises with what we are doing. We hope that in future more peers could join in the Program to help more children benefit from their contributions."
The President of Renji Hospital Li Weiping mentioned in the speech that as the biggest children liver transplant center in China, the Department of Hepatic Surgery of Renji Hospital, with a rapid development of more than one decade, has performed the most children liver transplants around the world during the past 5 years, and the one-year and five-year survival rates after operations are 93.1% and 80.0% respectively, reaching the international advanced level. There have been 620 pediatric living donor liver transplants in the center, among which 70% were operations for children from poor families. The credit should be given to some social organizations as SMIC and the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, whose funds save lives of so many sick children. He expressed heartfelt gratitude to all these foundations, enterprises and caring people from all levels, and paid tribute to their positive benefaction for promoting charity.
The Director of the General Office of Program of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation Liu Ying said, "Thanks very much for SMIC to call on so many outstanding enterprises in the electronic technology industry to participate in the Program. Enterprises giving donations have more than doubled from last year, and it is proving that our love is spreading. With the growing participation of caring enterprises and expanding social influence, more sick children will be cured and thus more families could live a happy life."
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation ("SMIC"; NYSE: SMI; SEHK: 981) is one of the leading semiconductor foundries in the world and the largest and most advanced foundry in mainland China. SMIC provides integrated circuit (IC) foundry and technology services at 0.35-micron to 28-nanometer. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, SMIC has a 300mm wafer fabrication facility (fab) and a 200mm mega-fab in Shanghai; a 300mm mega-fab and a majority owned 300mm fab for advance nodes in Beijing; and 200mm fabs in Tianjin and Shenzhen. SMIC also has marketing and customer service offices in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Taiwan, and a representative office in Hong Kong.
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