Proceeds from a concert held to benefit victims of last November’s earthquake in Mandalay region will go towards rebuilding schools and providing education, organisers say.
The January 5 concert, held at Mandalay’s National Theatre, brought together a glittering display of local talent who donated their services for free, including music band Myoma and drama group Pwel Tine Kyaw, featuring Twel Tar and Moe Hay Man. Comedians Paw Sein, Htin Paw, Chit Sayar, Choe Tu and Thar Hlaung also performed. Mandalay journalists sang the opening song and performed a one-act play. Mandalay-based businesses also contributed to the fund.
“We will donate the contributions to education, including school building, school equipment and the establishment of a school fund,” said Ko San Yu Kyaw, a Mandalay-based editor of Modern Journal. “We’ll also ask the regional government to help.”
“We journalists will find out directly from the affected areas what kind of help they actually need,” said Ko Nyi Nyi Zaw, a Mandalay reporter for 7Day News.
“We’ve received 200 bags of rice from Crown Cement as well as more than K2 million in cash,” he said.
The earthquake, centred on Thabeikkyin township in Mandalay Region, hit on November 11, killing 10 people and leaving 82 injured. Hundreds of homes in Singu and Thabeikkyin were destroyed, as well as pagodas and schools.
Government rehabilitation efforts are only 17 percent complete in Singu and 7pc complete in Thabeikkyin township
Total funds collected for rehabilitation amount to K432.4 million, US$171,000 and FEC50,000, according to the Mandalay Region government, or about $730,000.
Translated by Zar Zar Soe