By Richard He, Staff Writer  

After the earthquake happened in China on May 12, many individuals and organizations immediately began to find ways to help the victims.

 

The following is a timeline of fundraising activities and events in Minnesota for China earthquake relief fundraising. There are many other events and activities organized by different groups not covered here.  (Information about fundraising events can be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

 

May 14

 

§    The first proposal came out for “Showing Love and rebuild a school in the earthquake areas.” Over 30 local Chinese organizations responded and joined immediately, and the number increased to over 40. 

 

May 15

 

§    In order to accept online donations, CAAM and Minneapolis Foundation decided to create a special “China Earthquake School Reconstruction Fund.”

§    Volunteers worked with China Hospitality Center and North Heights Church for a relief concert location for victims of China earthquake.

§    Minhua Chorus started their fundraising for Love Fund, Minneapolis Foundation/China Earthquake School Reconstruction Fund, China Red Cross and American Red Cross, and collected more than US$12,000 in one month.

 May 16

§    Shaanxi Folks Association (Shaanxi is the sister State of Minnesota) raised US$4,000.

 

May 17

 

§    Chinese Heritage Foundation and China Insight organized Passage to China event and the Earthquake Love Fund was promoted there. More than US$4,500 was raised.

§    The annual CAAM/CDT performance show, more than US$1,475 was raised.

§    Minhua Chinese Schools (including Minhua School, MCA and Yucai Chinese School) started to raise funds and collected more than US$14,000 in one month.

 May 24

§    Local volunteers organized a “Tent for earthquake Victims” project, collected over US$14,000 and purchased 120 tents. They personally delivered to Chicago O’Hare International airport to be delivered to Sichaun directly.

June 1

§    Melody Hu and Nick Qiu organized a Piano Concert for fundraising, collected over US$1,300 for the Love Fund.

 June 4

§    UCBC held the monthly meeting and collected donations for School reconstruction Fund. All donations were sent to Minneapolis Foundation; China Insight collected donations and sent to CAAM for School reconstruction Fund.

June 13

§    To this date, the Love Fund had collected donations of US$90,908.20.

 June 15

§    The special relief concert for China earthquake victims organized by 40 plus local organizations, held at the North Heights Lutheran Church in Arden Hills, raised US$34,000.

 

The donated funds have been wired to China (Sichuan Chengdu Red Cross) via CAAM’s US Bank Acocunt: Jun. 24: US$40,000.00; Jun. 26: US$74,000.00; Aug. 11: US$36,000.

 

All of the money will be transferred to a special fund via Sichuan Chengdu Red Cross, specifically used for “Minnesota Chinese – Sichuan CongZhou Huaiyuan Middle School Relief Program” to help rebuild that school.

Editor’s Note:  The community has demonstrated a concerted effort to assist in the recovery effort and there continues to be a need for assistance.  Now that the Olympics is over and no longer a distraction, our attention can be directed to continue our support for the victims of the earthquake. 

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