SHENZHEN, China, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At 8:02 am on April 20, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan County in Ya'an, a city in Sichuan Province, southwest China. As of 10 am on April 23, the disaster has resulted in 193 fatalities, with 12,211 people injured. The quake caused damage, including total destruction, to numerous buildings, and there is now a shortage of water, food and other necessities. The tragedy has caught the attention of Chinese people around the world.
Tencent, a well-known Chinese internet company, promptly donated 5 million yuan (US$1 = 6.17 yuan) – to be followed by an additional 15 million yuan later – and Tenpay, the company's online payment platform, joined forces with the Tencent Foundation to provide an avenue for donations, which has thus far raised more than 12 million yuan for disaster relief in Ya'an. More than 260,000 donors have remitted donations via this facility.
Overseas Chinese have always been very supportive of disaster relief efforts and the ongoing reconstruction work, and Tenpay took the lead to provide this convenient donation facility. Previously, people overseas had to make donations to charities by bank transfer or other conventional means that involved somewhat complicated procedures.
According to a Tenpay spokesperson, no matter where people are, they can make donations by logging onto the Tenpay overseas donation platform at https://www.tenpay.com/v2.0/love/interna/index.shtml, and can use MasterCard or VISA cards that have been issued outside the Chinese mainland. Donations will be deposited directly into the accounts of One Foundation or other charities. People can make donations of 0.1 yuan or more, with no upper limit, and the procedures are straightforward and convenient.
The donation facility ensures the unimpeded transfer of donations, and the Foundation is keeping in close contact with the receiving charities to help make sure the donations are promptly and properly channeled to people in the disaster zone, said a Tenpay spokesperson.
SOURCE Tencent's Tenpay