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TV gala helps raise 1.5 bln yuan for earthquake-hit areas

Source: Xinhua | 05-19-2008 13:40

Special Report:   Strong quake jolts SW China

BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- China's performing artists and other well-known figures showed their love and generosity in a televised gala Sunday night, donating more than 1.51 billion yuan (about 216 million U.S. dollars) for quake-hit areas.

Li Changchun (3rd L, front row), member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attends a benefit gala held for the quake-stricken people of Sichuan in Beijing May 18, 2008. China's performing artists and other well-known figures showed their love and generosity in the televised gala Sunday night, donating more than 1.51 billion yuan (about 216 million U.S. dollars) for quake-hit areas(Xinhua Photo)
Li Changchun (3rd L, front row), member of the Standing Committee 
of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central 
Committee, attends a benefit gala held for the quake-stricken people 
of Sichuan in Beijing May 18, 2008. China's performing artists and 
other well-known figures showed their love and generosity in the 
televised gala Sunday night, donating more than 1.51 billion yuan 
(about 216 million U.S. dollars) for quake-hit areas(Xinhua Photo)

The gala, held and broadcast live by China Central Television, was predominated by the condolence for quake victims and encouragement for those who are still battling against all odds to save lives.

More than 32,000 people have been confirmed dead in the 8.0-magnitude earthquake hitting Sichuan Province in southwest China, the worst natural disaster in decades.

"All performers have only one wish: to offer encouragement and heart-felt support for the disaster-hit people," director Sun Bin said.

Li Changchun, a Standing Committee member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, attended the gathering.