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Tsunami disaster – countries in crisis

Chinese community in New York rallies for tsunami relief

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Ambassador Wang Guanya, Permanent Representative of China to the UN (2nd from right), and the President of the United Federation of Chinese Associations, Mr. Liang Guanjun (1st from left), present the $180,000 cheque to Carol Bellamy.
NEW YORK, 31 January 2005 – Representatives of New York’s Chinese community today presented UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy with a cheque for $180,000, to support tsunami relief. The money - raised by various Chinese associations, groups, and individuals – will go to helping UNICEF’s work for the children and families devastated by the recent Indian Ocean tsunami.

“We wish the money will help the children and their families to get back on their feet and return to a normal life as soon as possible,” said the President of the United Federation of the Chinese Associations in Great New York, Mr. Liang Guanjun.

Ambassador Wang Guanya, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations, attended the event. He expressed his sincere appreciation and gratitude to members of the Chinese communities.

“In China, we have a fine tradition which has lasted thousands of years. When one place is in catastrophe, people from eight directions will come to help. This tradition today is demonstrated by the Chinese community in their contribution and donation to UNICEF for the tsunami victims,” said the Ambassador.

Ms. Bellamy praised the Chinese community’s generosity, and told all present of the special bond she has with Chinatown. “Some of you may know that many years ago I was involved in New York politics. My first district included Chinatown in New York City. I have a special place in my heart for Chinatown because it was my first district,” she remarked.

“We appreciate very much your support. My pledge to you is that we will use the money wisely and carefully. We are not only using it for emergency relief, but also for the recovery process,” added Ms. Bellamy.

Chinese community representatives said this donation is just the beginning, and more is on the way in hopes of restoring normalcy to the lives of the ‘Tsunami Generation’.




31 January 2005: Chinese community representatives present tsunami relief donation to UNICEF.

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