Macao Red Cross reports rising relief donations for quake-hit Qinghai

21:43, May 17, 2010      

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Over 15 million patacas (1.9 million U.S. dollars) has been collected by the Macao Red Cross as donations from local communities for the relief efforts in China' s Qinghai province, the charity said on Monday.

The Fuhong Society of Macao, a local charity that is devoted to helping the disabled, donated some 60,000 patacas (7,500 dollars) to the Macao Red Cross on Monday.

Fuhong Society said that the money was collected by local disabled people who sold hand-made key rings to the public, in a bid to express their support to the quake victims.

Meanwhile, the Macao Chamber of Commerce also collected over 1. 28 million patacas (160,000 dollars) for the quake victims and would later transfer the money to the Macao Red Cross.

Aside from money, the charity has, earlier this month, delivered a total of 89,400 clothes collected in Macao to Yushu county, Northwest China's Qinghai province, which was hit by a 7. 1-magnitude quake, leaving over 2,000 dead and more than 12,000 injured, according to official figures.

The Macao Red Cross also said that it has signed a letter of intent with its counterpart in Qinghai, promising to participate in Yushu's post-quake reconstruction projects under the coordination of China's State Council and the provincial government of Qinghai.

The Charity has planned to spend 30 million yuan on the construction of health facilities in the quake zone.

Source: Xinhua


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