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Chinese community to hold fundraisers for quake victims

Chinese community to hold fundraisers for quake victims



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**(AP Photo/Oded Balilty)**Carole Mikita reporting

More international aid workers are arriving in central China as the country's official media agency reports that the death toll from Monday's earthquake may reach 50,000. In an effort to help, Utah's Chinese-American community is holding a couple of fundraisers today.

A group of quake survivors wear masks as they drive across Hanwang town in the Sichuan province on Friday, May 16, 2008. A strong aftershock sparked landslides Friday near the epicenter of this week's powerful earthquake, again cutting off ravaged areas of central China. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A group of quake survivors wear masks as they drive across Hanwang town in the Sichuan province on Friday, May 16, 2008. A strong aftershock sparked landslides Friday near the epicenter of this week's powerful earthquake, again cutting off ravaged areas of central China. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

In the country's Sichuan Province, there was joy for one family today as a teenage girl was pulled from the rubble that had been her school. But tens of thousands are still missing, and there is devastation from village to village. People who survived haven't eaten for days and they have no shelter.

The airport in Chengdu has become a major staging area as international aid workers arrive from Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Russia.

Some young Utah musicians, ages 9 to 12, will perform on the Library Square plaza in Salt Lake this evening until 8:00. They want to raise money for those suffering in China.

"We're going to be here performing today for three hours, starting from now; and also tomorrow, starting from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.; and also on Sunday for the same time," said Ming Wen, University of Utah professor and parent of one of the students performing.

A shattered restaurant is seen, after the earthquake in Hanwang town, in Sichuan province on Friday, May 16, 2008. A strong aftershock sparked landslides Friday near the epicenter of this week's powerful earthquake, again cutting off ravaged areas of central China. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A shattered restaurant is seen, after the earthquake in Hanwang town, in Sichuan province on Friday, May 16, 2008. A strong aftershock sparked landslides Friday near the epicenter of this week's powerful earthquake, again cutting off ravaged areas of central China. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Wen says they plan to send the money they raise to Red Cross China.

There is also an event planned for tonight in the Orson Spencer Hall at the University of Utah. It runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. That fundraiser will feature music, speeches, video clips and slide presentations.

If you can't make it to these events and would like to donate to the China relief effort, click the related link to find out how you can do so through the American Red Cross's Web site.

E-mail: cmikita@ksl.com

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