HK$1.3m quake aid from stamps

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 June, 2008, 12:00am

Limited edition stamps sold by Hongkong Post to fund earthquake relief in Sichuan following last month's devastating tremor have raised HK$1.37 million.

The stamps feature a print of a giant panda paw.

Postmaster General Tam Wing-pong said 90 applications for 10 stamp box sets and 6,198 applications for 3,500 stamp packs had been received. A computer ballot decided which of the would-be buyers received the stamps. Successful subscribers will receive notification from Hongkong Post for collection of the items on Tuesday.

But those who miss out will have a second chance to buy some of the stamps; 500 sets of the limited edition pack have been reserved for sale at the giant panda habitat souvenir shop at Ocean Park on Tuesday.

Their sale is expected to bring the total raised to HK$1.5 million.

The proceeds of the sale will go to a fund set up by the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation to fund the rebuilding of giant panda centres in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces damaged in the May 12 quake, which claimed 70,000 lives.

The stamps and first day covers will go on public sale on Tuesday at Hongkong Post's 37 philatelic offices.

Executive councillor Rafael Hui Si-yan will present the donation to Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman and conservation fund chairwoman Judy Chen on Tuesday.