Red Cross raises 566 mln yuan for quake-hit region

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The Red Cross Society of China raised 566 million yuan ($92 million) as of April 27, almost half the total national fund raising of 1.37 billion yuan, for the quake-hit region in Sichuan Province.

Most of the donations to the Red Cross came from private enterprises and individuals, it said.

Zhao Baige, executive vice-president of the organization, said she was grateful that the public still has confidence in the Red Cross despite concerns over fundraising.

The organization is releasing information on how donations will be spent, she said.

People and organizations from all walks of life are lending a helping hand.

Three trucks loaded with relief materials, including tents, rain gear, electric generators and food, have arrived in Lushan county, the quake's epicenter.

The materials were donated by the EMBA association of Sichuan University's business school.

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