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Rotarians provide new hope for China charity

The children's charity, Hope4China, founded by Dunfermline minister Iain Greenshields and wife Linda, is to receive a £6000 boost from the Rotary Club of Dunfermline to extend its outreach to youngsters with significant special needs. Rotarians have voted to help fund the programme through annual grants of £2000 over the next three years.

The Greenshields, of St Margaret's Parish Church, Touch, set up the humanitarian charity in 2005 after travelling to China to bring home the first of their two adopted Chinese daughters. They became aware of the needs of abandoned children living in government social welfare institutions, and have since seen the charity grow to provide foster care in local Chinese families' homes for 80 abandoned girls, as well as providing educational and other support for 82 girls.

The Greenshields, who have returned to China every year since 2004, told Rotarians their vision is to launch in 2010 a programme to provide therapy, resources and, where possible, specialist treatment for children with significant special needs. "We feel the time is right for Hope4China to move into this vital area," they said.