British Chinese unite in London for fundraiser
A new fundraising group called 'Make A Tomorrow' has been formed by the Chinese community in London to help raise money for the Sichuan earthquake appeal. Their fundraising efforts culminated in a special evening with live music and an art sale.
China earthquake appeal. Photo: getactive.uk.com
By Andy Tsun
On May 12th 2008, a devastating Earthquake hit Wenchuan County of Sichuan province, China, killing more than 69,000 people and leaving over 5 million homeless. With a magnitude of 7.9 on the Richter scale, this tremor was even felt over 900 miles away in Beijing.
About the author
I am 25 and was born and grew up in Hertfordshire.
Both of my parents are from Hong Kong.
I am doing a PhD in Biochemistry at Cambridge University.
My father is a member of one of the oldest London Chinese groups: The Kung Ho Association.
Joanne Wong (founder), Winnie Tsang, Jasmine Yang and myself are coordinators of Make A Tomorrow.
Nearly 5,000 miles West of Sichuan, waves of emotion struck the hearts of the British community, including the hundreds of thousands of British Chinese. Nearly 50% of the UK's Chinese population live within London: The capital is home to approximately 80,000 people of Chinese origin.
Although many British Chinese are integrated in different communities; they are interlinked through various pan-London/UK Chinese societies, schools, and organisations, which have contributed to an incredible spontaneous push to raise relief funds towards the Chinese Earthquake.
Charity Carnival in China Town
One effort, involving Mei Wong of getactive.uk.com, raised £70,000 by organising a carnival in China Town involving dance and music, which: "was only possible through the generosity of the local community and visitors of London."
A month after the Earthquake struck, Mei - along with other groups throughout the UK - passed £800,000 to the Chinese Embassy of London's Earthquake relief fund. In total, so far, various Chinese associations in Britain have raised about £3m.
Continuing fundraising efforts are required to lend a helping hand to those still suffering from the echoes of this disaster. A British-born Chinese designer, Joanne Wong, 26, is doing exactly that.
Make A Tomorrow
Her newly formed fundraising group "Make a Tomorrow" hosted a launch event to raise money for victims of the Earthquake, with all proceeds going towards the Red Cross Earthquake relief effort.
The Red Cross are pushing for sanitation and hygiene support for those living in adverse conditions, which not only provides facilities but also education to prevent further water contamination and spread of disease.
Joanne Wong's event - influenced by her Master's in Art course at Camberwell – was held on the evening of Saturday July 26th at Parker McMillan, Chiswell Street, and was a unique night of fresh music, art and photography. Up to 400 guests were in attendance, and before the event, it was hoped that up to £8,000 could be raised.
Comedians and musicians 'Dead dog in Black Bag', who have appeared on BBC3's "The Mighty Boosh", were the masters of ceremony, providing entertainment and laughter. There were also sales of limited edition artwork from Rod Hunt, Lucy Allen, Per Jose Karlen, Marina Caruso, Vicky Scott and Joanne Wong herself.
69,000 died in the quake
Miss Wong said: "I hope this event helps people to remember that people in China are still suffering the after-effects of the earthquake. They may not be in the headlines, but they should not be forgotten."
last updated: 31/07/2008 at 12:50