Aiding Nepal through art

Generous deed: Kong (third from right) handing over a mock cheque for RM500,000 to Chong Qing Volunteer Team representative Lee Chee Hau (second from left)

ARTISTS are doing their bit to aid Nepal earthquake victims in two upcoming art exhibitions.

The Nepal Earthquake Relief Charity Art Exhibition was initiated by Nirvana Asia Group and supported by several Malaysian and Chinese art and cultural societies.

The fundraising goal is RM2mil.

At a press conference in Wisma Nirvana, Nirvana Asia Group founder Datuk Kong Hon Kong urged people to come forward and help out the earthquake victims.

“You could either buy the artworks or make a donation,” he said.

He had donated RM500,000 through the Chong Qing Volunteer Team.

The first stage of relief plan is to buy supplements and sleeping bags; and build an orphanage and prefabricated houses.

NV Foundation vice-president Tan Kean Huat shared the experiences of volunteers who had helped out in Nepal after the disaster.

“The volunteers saw a mother breastfeed her child for the last time before she passed away. All of those present were moved to tears by the tragic yet touching scene,” he said.

Also at the press conference was People’s Republic of China Embassy cultural office director Gao Wei.

To-date, more than 100 artists have pledged their support for the cause, donating more than 200 paintings and calligraphic artworks.

Some were artworks they had previously painted while some were painted specially for the cause.

Organisers are hoping more artists will take part in the exhibition.

“One artist from China has pledged to donate 100 of his artworks.

“This is also a platform for Malaysian and Chinese artists to get to know each other and share their thoughts,” Tan said.

The first exhibition will be held on June 20 and 21, from 9am to 3pm, at the Nirvana Memorial Park, Lot 1170, Jalan Sungai Lalang, Batu 30, Semenyih.

More artists from China will be taking part in this exhibition.

The second exhibition will be held from July 3 to 5, from 11am to 5pm at Wisma Nirvana (ground floor), No.1, Jalan 1/116A, Off Jalan Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur.

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