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Associations to raise money for China relief

by Nadine Parks
Of The Post and Courier
One hundred and four hours.
That’s how long Mount Pleasant resident Bonnie Feng waited to hear that her parents in China were alive after a devastating earthquake on Monday killed tens of thousands of people. She counted every hour, she said.
The phone call more than four days later was quick. They are alive. Their apartment building is OK, but they can’t stay inside because of the aftershocks. They spent days in a bus. Now they are living in a tent. They will call again when they can.
Feng’s parents, Degen Feng and Wenxin Li, of Maoxian County, survived the 7.9 magnitude quake in the country’s Sichuan province. It toppled buildings and buried perhaps hundreds of thousands of people in the rubble.
Now Bonnie Feng, like other members of the Chinese Association of Greater Charleston, is trying to raise money for the survivors.
The group met Saturday morning in Charleston to discuss fundraising options. They hope to soon announce a time and place for an event with Chinese food and entertainment.
Meanwhile, MUSC students are working with the association and have been soliciting donations for the earthquake victims at the Mount Pleasant Wal-Mart, Feng said. She said the students will continue that effort this week.
The Chinese government is doing all it can do, but they need help,” association President Bing Pan said. “We will make sure the money gets to the victims.”
Bonnie Feng is relieved that her parents made it through, but she knows there are many other families suffering in China. “We need to help those people out,” she said.
Editor’s note: The article ran May 18 in The Post and Courier and is reprinted with permission.

China earthquake relief fund accepting donations

The MUSC International, Association, MUSC Chinese Scholar Student Association, Chinese Association of Greater Charleston and will be accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 in front of the MUSC Library.
Donor Tim Harris talks to Bonnie Feng and other MUSC staff, who are coordinating a relief fund with MUSC and the Chinese Association of Greater Charleston to aid victims of the earthquake that hit the Sichuan Province in China on May 13. Feng’s parents were victims of the disaster. Donations also will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 in front of the MUSC Library. For information on donating to the China relief efforts, call 792-2156.

Other donation options available are: by check made payable to MUSC-SGA and write China Earthquake Relief Fund in the memo section of the check; by check made payable to CAGC (Chinese Association of Greater Charleston). Put China Earthquake Relief Fund in the memo section or transfer your donation online through SunTrust Bank account number 1000036966157; or American Red Cross at
In addition, donations are being accepted for a charity sale that will benefit the fund. To make a donation, call 792-5320, 364-0904 or 530-5119. The charity sale will be held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in front of the MUSC Library. For information, call 792-2156.

Friday, May 23, 2008
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