ROLLING Stones give $390,000 to buy masks

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 April, 2003, 12:00am

The atypical pneumonia outbreak might have scared them away from Hong Kong but the Rolling Stones seem determined to make amends - by donating US$50,000 [HK$390,000] so elderly people can buy face masks.

The ageing British rock band made the donation - enough to buy nearly 100,000 standard surgical masks - after their cancellation meant they were unable to attend a fundraising post-concert party at the China Club.

The club's owner, David Tang Wing-cheung, said the Stones' manager told him the band was sympathetic towards the situation in Hong Kong and had therefore agreed to donate the sum to buy face masks for the elderly.

The funds were originally going to be raised through the sale of tickets to the China Club party, with an equal sum going to the Hong Kong Cancer Fund.

'We had sold about 400 tickets, but had to return them after the party had to be cancelled,' said Mr Tang.

The club had been hoping to sell 500 tickets which, at $1,500 per ticket, would have raised $750,000. Half of this would have gone to the two charitable causes.