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Tzu Chi fundraising concerts for Sichuan, Myanmar kick off

Tzu Chi fundraising concerts for Sichuan, Myanmar kick off

A series of charity concerts organized by the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation with the aim of raising funds for victims of the devastating Sichuan earthquake and the cyclone that hit Myanmar last month began Monday.
Sichuan was rocked by a magnitude-8 earthquake May 12 that had claimed 69,136 lives as of Sunday, according to China's state-run Xinhua news agency, with 374,061 injured and 17,686 still missing.
Cyclone Nargis, which hit Myanmar in May 2, had caused some 78,000 deaths with more than 56,000 people still missing.
Featuring Israeli vocalist David D'or and his six-member band, the concert will start in the southern port city of Kaohsiung and will then tour the island, including Tainan, the central county of Changhua, the northern county of Taoyuan, Taipei City, and its satellite city of Sanchong during the coming week.
"The concerts are parts of our relief efforts to assist Sichuan and Myanmar," Lee Yi-huei, a spokeswoman of the Tzu Chi Foundation, told CNA.
Noting that prayers will be held alongside the concerts, Lee said that "we at Tzu Chi hope that through such events we will raise not only funds for the victims but also people's awareness of the earth."
D'or, who has performed for Tzu Chi three times since 2006, said singing for the foundation is really meaningful, especially as it is helping to raise funds for the victims in China and Myanmar.
Commending Tzu Chi's humanitarian efforts as without borders, D'or said that "for me it's amazing to see people that are choosing love because Israel is surrounded by hatred."
"Sometimes, helping people we don't know sounds a little bit naive, but this is the essence of life," D'or went on.
Encouraged by the spirit of Master Cheng Yen, founder of the Tzu Chi Foundation, D'or has also produced an English-language CD, the first especially produced for the Tzu Chi Foundation by a foreign musician, comprising 13 songs written according to Cheng Yen's teachings.
"I am inspired by people who choose love as a way of life... I am inspired by people that understand that human beings are connected to each other," D'or said.
Emphasizing that no one can "just be a bystander" in the catastrophes of Sichuan and Myanmar, Raphael Gamzou, Israeli representative to Taiwan, expressed hope that the public can join Tzu Chi's efforts to help the victims.
"This concert will be a collective prayer for the victims and survivors to wish no more disasters for humanity," said Gamzou.
The Tzu Chi Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Hualien, on the east coast of Taiwan.
It contributes to the improvement of social and community services, medical care, education and humanism in Taiwan and around the world.


Updated : 2021-07-27 08:03 GMT+08:00