19 Mar '11, 3am

Taiwan raises US$30 million for Japan quake relief

Taiwan raises US$30 million for Japan quake relief

TAIPEI: Taiwan has raised about US$30 million in two star-studded televised fundraisers this week for quake-hit Japan, organisers said Saturday. President Ma Ying-jeou and more than 300 entertainers raised Tw$800 million (US$26.7 million) in a four-hour fundraiser broadcast live on local channels late Friday, said co-organiser Taiwan Red Cross. Ma and his wife Chow Mei-ching joined the stars to take donations from viewers via the telephone while Terry Gou, head of the hi-tech Hon Hai group, made the single biggest donation of Tw$200 million. Another fundraiser co-sponsored by World Vision Taiwan on Thursday also saw hundreds of local celebrities join hands to raise Tw$114 million for Japan quake relief. So far the Taiwanese government has pledged Tw$100 million while many corporations and charity groups have also been collecting donations for Japan quake victims. Taiwan wa...

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