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Merit and music for Cyclone Giri victims

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Burmese film stars and more than 40 singers will take part in a a fund raising concert on March 19 for Cyclone Giri victims.

Academy Award winning actress Swe Zin Htike said Burma is developing social networks to aid people in need and entertainers in the film and music industries should join in the effort. Photo : MizzimaAll the proceeds of the concert, which will be held in a football stadium in Rangoon, will go to aid people who are still struggling to recover from the  cyclone which struck western Burma on October 22, 2010.

Academy Award winning actress Swe Zin Htike said that she was proud to see social networks being set up in Burma, which can work to meet the needs of the people. It’s important for artists and entertainers to become involved in such work, she said.

‘Artists around the world are doing a lot of social work for needy people, children, mothers and patients’, she said. ‘I have encouraged fellow artists to take part in social work for a long time. I’m glad we get this chance to work for Cyclone Giri victims’.

One of the organizers of the concert, Soe Nyi Nyi, the owner of the Feel restaurant chain, encouraged young people who want to take part in social work activities to contact him.

Another concert organizer, Nyi Toe Min, an ethnic Rakine, said, “I wanted to hold a concert for victims just after the cyclone hit, but I couldn’t do it. Then I realized from news reports that the cyclone victims still needed help’.

Among the concert performers will be the Young Bots band.

Cyclone Giri left at least 45 people dead and 70,975 people homeless. It devastated about 15,000 homes, according to a report by the United Nations Office for Coordination in Humanitarian Affairs.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 March 2011 13:41 )  

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