Taiwanese singer Christine Fan attended a book exhibition event yesterday (Feb 8), and revealed that she donated NT$2 million (approximately S$90,000) to aid ongoing rescue efforts following the recent Hualien earthquake.
The 41-year-old singer teared up when she shared her thoughts on the disaster, revealing that she lost her aunt to the previous 1999 Jiji earthquake (aka 921 earthquake).
Christine shared that her aunt and uncle were trapped under the rubble for five hours, and her aunt unfortunately passed away before the rescue team got them out.
“They were married for over forty years,” Christine shared, “Till today, we are still reminded of her passing whenever an earthquake strikes.”
“It’s been 18 years, and we still find ourselves hoping that such disasters will end,” the singer added.
The mother-of-two revealed that her 3-year-old twin sons, River and Ryan, were asleep when the earthquake happened, and did not experience the tremors. She and her husband Taiwanese host Blackie Chen then took the chance to educate them about the dangers of earthquakes and how to prepare for them, as they watched the news the day after.
Other artistes in showbiz have also stepped up to contribute in their own ways.
Taiwanese boyband Mayday announced that they will be donating NT$5 million (approximately S$227,000), while Taiwanese girl group S.H.E member Ella also donated NT$1 million (approximately S$45,400).
Taiwanese singers A-mei, Amber Kuo and Jam Hsiao, as well as Taiwanese actress Lin Chi-ling were also reported to have donated NT$2 million (approximately S$90,000) each to aid rescue efforts.
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