SOME $5 MILLION is expected to be raised by a massive pop concert this weekend for children whose families have been affected by the Sars outbreak. Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild and Ming Pao, Project Blossom aims to raise money for the education of youngsters who have either lost their parents to Sars or who are recovering from the deadly virus themselves. To date, more than 30 school children are to benefit from the initiative. Headlining will be some of the hottest Canto-pop stars and acts including Andy Lau Tak-wah, Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Hacken Lee, Kelly Chen Wai-lum, Gigi Leung Wing-kay, boy band Shine and rock group Beyond. The charity event, spearheaded by pop diva Anita Mui Yim-fong, has already raised $2 million, some of which comes from the sales of more than 1,500 tickets. 'Through this project we hope to lend a helping hand to school children having financial difficulties with their education because of the outbreak,' said a spokesperson for Project Blossom. The proceeds will be given out based on assessment reports submitted by independent social workers who have been working closely with affected families. Once qualified for the aid, each child will receive a sum of money that will cover his or her school tuition, transportation, and stationery costs for three months. The amount will differ from case to case, depending on their needs. At the end of the three-month period, each case will receive an aid extension review, with the maximum period being temporarily set at nine months. But the spokesperson said further extensions would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Earlier, Mui, the chairperson of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, announced the group would contribute HK$500,000 to the event. The four-hour concert will kick off at the Hong Kong Stadium on Saturday at 5.30pm. Tickets are available at all URBTIX outlets at $50, $100 and $250.