Natalie Wong andDiana Lee
Friday, March 25, 2011
More than 100 Hong Kong celebrities will perform at a charity concert on Friday for relief efforts in Japan.
"Artistes 311 Love Beyond Borders" will be telecast live from Victoria Park from 7pm.
Singer Hacken Lee Hak- kan, actor Eric Tsang Chi- wai and model Angelababy are among those who will perform and appeal for donations during the four- hour concert.
"We, as members of the entertainment industry, wish to bring hope and support to the people in Japan," said action superstar Jackie Chan Kong- sang, one of the event's initiators. "We are also here to praise their tenacity in face of hardship."
The organizing committee, comprising 18 organizations, aims to raise about HK$40 million for Salvation Army's direct relief efforts in Japan.
Simon Wong Kwok-ching, senior relief project officer, said its 80 community centers in Japan have been turned into emergency shelters for survivors, and it plans to expand efforts to provide more emergency items for the needy.
"Our colleagues in quake-affected areas reported they faced challenges when getting bottled water from retailers amid escalating fears about radioactive contamination," he said.
Meanwhile, pan-democrat lawmakers will hold a candlelight vigil on Sunday to mourn quake victims and to show support. Japanese consul- general Yuji Kumamaru will attend. It starts at 8pm in Statue Square in Central, said Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho Chun-yan.
They will fold origami cranes to symbolize peace and best wishes to Japanese residents, and raise funds for quake victims, with money going to the Hong Kong Red Cross.
Meanwhile, supermarkets and department stores are also pitching in. Wellcome's group marketing manager Annie Sin Pik-kwan said the company will donate HK$1 for each purchase of products from two designated brands, First Choice and No Frills, until Thursday.
A cash donation campaign running until April 14 will benefit World Vision.
YATA Japanese Department store in Sha Tin and Tai Po will host a large charity sale of accessory and fashion items next month, while donation boxes have been put in all CitySuper branches.