Overseas Chinese Donations Exceed 1.5 Billion Yuan for Snow, Quake Zones

From CRIEnglish.com:

Donations for snow-ravaged and earthquake-hit areas of China from overseas Chinese exceeded 1.5 billion yuan (219 million U.S. dollars), said the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council on Sunday.

Office Director, Li Haifeng, revealed the figure at a meeting honoring outstanding donations for earthquake relief as well as money sent in to help during the severe winter weather in south China at the beginning of 2008.

Apart from donations of cash and relief supplies, some overseas Chinese voluntarily rushed to the disaster zone to help with relief work, he said.