TEENAGERS from an area of China devastated by an earthquake came to Sheffield to say thanks for helping to rebuild a school in their homeland.
Students and their teacher met Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley to thank Sheffield for its support following one of the country’s worst ever quakes.
More than 80,000 people were killed and five million were left homeless following the disaster in the Sichaun province in 2008.
Sheffield people rallied in support, and a total of £21,000 was raised from an appeal. The money has been used by the municipal government in Chengdu, the province’s capital, to help rebuild one of the schools.
As a thank you the former Mao Gu Village School in China is now called The Charity School of the City of Sheffield.
It is also twinned with Sharrow Primary which has been creating links between the two sets of pupils.
Coun Dunkley welcomed the guests and said the people of Sheffield responded quickly and generously to the province’s plight.
Meanwhile, investment from the Far East could be heading Sheffield’s way after a group of Chinese businessmen paid a successful visit to the city.
Following a series of trade missions from Sheffield to China, a delegation from the Shandong region vistited South Yorkshire looking for investment opportunities.
The visit, organised by Creative Sheffield, was intended to strengthen Sheffield’s links with China, which has the world’s fastest-growing economy.
Joanna Lavan, from Creative Sheffield said: “I hope they were impressed by the snapshot of Sheffield.”