|Ex-Stourport student boosts China floods appeal
(31st Aug 2010)
A FORMER Stourport High School student has raised nearly £4,000 for
the victims of floods and landslides in China by organising an emergency
The fund-raiser, on Sunday, took place in five Birmingham locations -
Wing Yip Supermarkets, Hong Kong Supermarket, Birmingham Arcadian and
Chinatown and Birmingham Chinese Evangelical Church.
China has experienced the worst floods for more than a decade and more
than 305 million people have been affected in 28 provinces.
August saw fresh landslides where hundreds have died and thousands of
people remain missing. Heavy rain ensued in the already flood-stricken
country, threatening more fatal landslides.
Flooding has hit areas all over China this year. Weeks of heavy rain
have swollen rivers and caused damage, landslides and bridge collapses
across a swathe of the country.
In the hardest-hit areas, flash floods have cut roads, isolated entire
villages and disrupted communications and water supplies.
WaiLo Li, 26, a communications executive, is working in conjunction
with Oxfam Hong Kong’s Emergency Appeal, to raise funds for disaster
relief with Project TOM volunteers. This voluntary group
comprises of young people aged between 15 to 26.
As the founder of Project TOM, she said: “We are so thrilled to have
raised nearly £4,000 for China flood victims.
“It was quite a surprise to everyone that we had done so well and that
it was our second-best record yet. A very well done to all the
volunteers involved - it was a hectic but highly rewarding
She added: “This event comprised of 50 per cent new volunteers and
they have been so pleased to be able to do something constructive to
“They have definitely gained a new perspective on getting involved
with charity work and witnessed first-hand how every little helps.”
Project TOM has now raised more than £20,000 for charitable causes
within two years.
Donations can still be made on the Oxfam Hong Kong website at oxfam.org.hk. More information can be found at project-tom.org
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