By Poyi (Natalie) Leung
The Macau Association of Workers and the Power of People’s Livelihood will hit the streets from today to raise funds for the rescue and relief efforts of the deadly mudslide in China’s Gansu province.
According to the association’s chairman Lee Sio Kuan, their goal is to raise MOP 100,000 over eight days by August 25.
Between today and tomorrow, a group of around 12 members, who will be identified by a volunteer card issued by the association, will raise funds in the Border Gate area from 12pm to 9pm.
On Friday August 20 and Saturday August 21 they will be in Kou Si Tak and Fai Chi Kei; on August 22 and 23 in San Ma Lou around Senado Square; and the last stop will be Rua do Campo and the Nam Van area from August 24 to 25.
Lee said all the funds raised will be donated to the affected area in Zhouqu county, without deducting any fees. He added that half of it will be delivered to the Chinese Liaison Office in Macau and the other half will go to the Macau Red Cross.
If the association raises less than MOP 100,000, Lee said they will try to contact some lawmakers or “wealthy people” asking them to donate and thus make up the difference.
Yet, Lee said if they manage to raise over MOP 150,000, they will use the funds to buy relief materials and deliver them to the mudslide victims on their own.
After the massive earthquake hit Sichuan province in May 2008, Lee said his association had sent six people to the area to help.
Meanwhile, local companies have also been donating money to mudslide-devastated Zhouqu County. CEM visited the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Macau on Monday, handing over a donation of MOP 100,000, which will be forwarded to the Zhouqu County authorities. CEM also called on its staff to join in the donation through Association of CEM & SAAM Workers.
CTM was the first to donate funds, giving MOP 100,000 to Macau Red Cross to help the victims through the bitter conditions. CTM also launched an internal appeal to encourage staff members to lend a helping hand to the emergency relief effort in affected areas, the company said in a statement released on Monday.
Last week, the Macau Government announced the donation of RMB 50 million to help the victims of Zhouqu County. The donation will be used to support the relief and rescue operations in the most affected areas of the Gansu province.
The Macau Red Cross has also collected total donations of over MOP 1.3 million from local civil groups and companies. According to the Macau Red Cross, the charity has already allocated MOP 300,000 from its emergency disaster relief fund for the relief operation after the occurrence of the mudslide.