CBC’s Canada for Asia benefit telecast raises $4 million so far
TORONTO (CP) – Canada for Asia, Thursday night’s live, three-hour telecast that featured more than 150 Canadian artists and celebrities, has raised $4 million “and counting,” says the CBC.
The total raised for tsunami disaster relief was as of 2 p.m. EST Friday, but calls were still coming in, the CBC said. More than 40,000 Canadians phoned to donate. The benefit concert aired on all CBC stations and on a special network of private radio and TV channels.
Last week, CHUM, owner of 65 radio and TV stations, held a daylong drive and says it has raised $4.5 million so far. Another concert, to be televised live from Vancouver by CTV, is scheduled for Jan. 29.
It has been agreed that donations to the CBC simulcast will be divided among a coalition of aid agencies, including World Vision, the Canadian Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam Canada, Care Canada, Save the Children Canada and Development and Peace.