Hong Kong squash player Christina Mak Pui-hin was overjoyed yesterday when bidding for her souvenir torch reached HK$1.7 million in a charity auction to help earthquake victims. 'I never thought I could help raise so much for the victims. It is very encouraging. Although I am only an ordinary sportswoman, I am very happy that I can still do a part in raising funds for the victims,' Mak said, with a day still to go before the auction ends. Mak, an Asian Games medallist and one of the 119 torch-bearers in the May 2 leg of the relay in Hong Kong, also offered the track suit, sports shoes and headband she wore that day. By 8pm, bids for these items remained the same at HK$13,000, HK$7,000, and HK$4,000 respectively. The charity auction, organised by Commercial Radio, will close at 8pm today. Interested bidders can call the station on 187 2881. The radio station is also hosting a charity auction of two books by Nobel Prize-winning author Gao Xingjian. The first Chinese to win a Nobel Prize for literature, Gao offered autographed copies of his new book, a collection of recent water-ink paintings. By 8pm yesterday, bidding had reached HK$12,000 and HK$10,000. The auction will close on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Hospital Authority sent a further six medical officers to Chengdu yesterday to join the medical team already in the Sichuan capital. There are now 44 medical officers from Hong Kong providing support services. Authority chairman Anthony Wu Ting-yuk, who returned yesterday after a three-day visit to Sichuan, said he was encouraged by the efforts of the Hong Kong team. Meanwhile, donations from Hong Kong people for quake relief work kept pouring in over the weekend. Among other efforts in the city to help the quake victims, six NGOs are calling on families and children to support young victims by extending friendship to them. The 'Care for Sichuan kids' campaign is recruiting volunteers to befriend victims aged under 18. Each participant or participating family will be matched with a Sichuan child and will be asked to contact the child at least once every three months by telephone, mail or e-mail.