HK celebrities raise HK$35 million for China quake victims

Source : Channel News Asia

HONG KONG: More than 300 celebrities turned up for the "Artistes 414 Fundraising Campaign" show at the Hong Kong Coliseum on Monday, and helped raise HK$35 million (S$6.1 million) for the victims of the recent Yushu earthquake in Qinghai province, China, reported Chinese media.

The two-hour-long charity show was hosted by screen veterans Eric Tsang, Carol Cheng, Sally Wu and Lawrence Cheng.

It is also the first television show in TVB history to be telecast uninterrupted, on all four of its channels, without any commercials or trailers.

A slew of big names such as 'Heveanly Kings' Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau and Leon Lai were in attendance.

Action stars Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung also made an appearance, along with singers Charlene Choi and Ronald Cheng, who were not seen together since their high profile divorce.

Host Amigo Choi also turned up for the first time since his assault case involving his ex-girlfriend Elizabete Kwong, to appeal for donations during on show.

"I completely understand how it feels. Life has its ups and downs and it gives people a lot to worry about, but a natural disaster makes everything even worse," said Choi on stage.

The programme did not feature any stunts or acrobatics but instead focused on the celebrities, all dressed in simple white T-shirts with the show's logo, who sang in groups and appealed for donations.

Hong Kong singer Sammi Cheng and Nick Cheung, who have just returned from their humanitarian trip to Yushu were on hand to present videos depicting the situation there.

Video clips of Jackie Chan's friends such as musician Kenny G, singer Lionel Richie and actor Will Smith appealing for donations were also shown during the charity show.

The 7.1 magnitude Yushu earthquake struck the prefecture in northwestern China on April 14 and left an estimated 2,203 dead with another 12,000 injured.


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