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Taiwan to host fundraising concert for Japan quake relief

2011/03/16 19:35:55

Taipei, March 16 (CNA) Several Taiwanese groups are joiningforces to organize a fundraising concert on March 18 to solicit moredonations for quake-hit Japan, with President Ma Ying-jeou scheduledto attend, the organizers said Wednesday.

Entertainers from home and abroad, including Japan-based singerJudy Ongg, will take part in the show. Jay Chou, who is unable to flyback to Taiwan to perform in the fundraiser, also hoped toparticipate via a video call.

The four-hour concert, organized by Chinese Television, TaiwanPublic Television Service and the Red Cross Society, will bebroadcast live on March 18, from 8 p.m. to midnight, on four publicTV channels.

People can donate money by calling donation lines during theconcert.

A song titled "Believe" will also be recorded to help withfundraising. Written by local band F.I.R.'s Chen Chien-ning, the songwill be recorded by more than 50 singers and celebrities, includingYouTube sensation Lin Yu-chun, Singapore's Tanya Chua and Taiwan'sRicky Hsiao, Chen said in Wednesday's TV report by TVBS.

"Seeing the calm and faith the Japanese people showed in the faceof a major disaster, I think their trust in each other is somethingwe can all learn from, " Chen said.

The president, will also contribute a vocal cameo. He plans toread a four-line segment in the song, said Chou Tzu-yuan, publicrelations director of Chinese Television.

As of Tuesday, the local Red Cross has amassed NT$80 million(US$2.7 million) in donations over four days.

(By Kendra Lin)