The United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) has appealed to the public to make donations to help children suffering as a result of last week's devastating earthquake in South Asia which killed more than 40,000 people. According to the Associated Press, about 250 girls died when their school in northwestern Pakistan collapsed, while another 500 students were injured. Just hours after the quake struck, Unicef began moving supplies, such as blankets, clothing, tents, food and water purification tablets, from a Karachi warehouse into the affected areas. Staff are also working around the clock to help those in India and Afghanistan. Unicef executive director Ann Veneman said that children make up half the population of the affected areas and they will be vulnerable to hunger, cold, illness and trauma. Donations can be made via HSBC (A/C No. 004-567-354014- 004), Wing Lung Bank (020-601- 003-7634-8) and Bank of China (012-875-0-021868-3). You can also contribute by calling Unicef Hong Kong on 2833 6139.