THANKS to the many generous donors, a sum of HK$1.8 million has been donated to World Vision Hong Kong between October and November to help with relief and rehabilitation work in India, which was struck by a devastating earthquake in September. The money raised has been used towards relief work by the international relief and development organisation. The work consists of distributing essential household items such as antiseptics, vaccines against contagious diseases, as well as blankets and clothing to 25,000 people, and construction of temporary relief shelters in 20 quake-affected villages. The whole relief and reconstruction effort amounts to over HK$8 million. To obtain first-hand and on-the-spot information about the relief and rehabilitation work, World Vision Hong Kong communications officer Patrick Wong will visit India with a group of people, including seven young people from tomorrow until December 12. The young people are prize-winners in the Capable 18 campaign, organised by RTHK and the Youth in Action Committee. According to World Vision spokesman Ms Peggy Tu, the trip was organised to educate local young people on impoverished life in other parts of the world. ''We hope that these youngsters would be able to share their experience with their friends and colleagues on the needs of the poor, and be willing to contribute their strength and youth for the betterment of society,'' Ms Tu said.