A GROUP of dedicated borough youngsters have come full circle with their fundraising efforts by raising money for an earthquake in China - as they did five years ago.
Project TOM, which includes volunteers civil servant Andy Lok and Tudor Grange Academy student Jade Tsui, recently hosted the event to raise funds for victims of the Sichuan earthquake in China. The event, which raised money for the 200 people killed and 12,000 injured during the disaster, took place at various locations in Birmingham and is TOM’s 16th project.
The epicentre of the earthquake was in Lushan, a rural county 160 km southwest of the provincial capital, Chengdu. Rescued residents are still in need of essentials like drinking water, food, medicine and tents, as well as help to rebuild their lives.
Project TOM was established five years ago this month when members co-ordinated an impromptu fundraiser event for the then deadly Sichuan Earthquake of 2008, where 86,000 lives were lost.
Communications executive for TOM WaiLo Li said: “Now sixteen events on, we’ve come full circle - we’re so proud of all our volunteers, past and present, to have raised over £33.4k for needy projects around the world. It’s been tough at times, especially on top of a full time job but the projects have been so rewarding and meaningful. Kindness is a very big thing.”
“It’s been devastating to see the images of the aftermath so we are pleased to have raised over £2,027 for this event and can actually do something to directly help those affected by the earthquake.”
Project TOM, is made up of youngsters between 17 and 30. The project aims to encourage more young people into charity work.
For more information, go to www.project-tom.org.uk