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Diners raise pounds 3,500.

Byline: By Catherine Lillington

A CHARITY dinner held in Birmingham to raise cash for the victims of the Burmese cyclone has raked in almost pounds 3,500.

Seventy people got together for the event organised by Tyseleybased Agape, whose sister organisation Global Aid Network is working with people left devastated by Cyclone Nargis, which struck in May.

Diners from the world of business, media, education, the civil service and the health service were asked to make a donation to the pounds 645,000 needed to rebuild six villages, six schools and 120 homes.

Phil Jackman, from the charity, told guests the official death toll from the disaster is 144,000 and even now bodies remain uncleared.

He said: "People's livelihoods have been ruined by boats being destroyed and with widespread flooding. They took refuge on higher ground with no home, no food and no shelter.

"We determined that we ought to help immediately and we started training local volunteers in distribution, started to build temporary shelters for people and distribute aid. Then we set up our relief camp."

So far the appeal has raised about pounds 50,000 and despite the Burmese Government having declared the disaster over, aid workers are still delivering emergency food and medical supplies.

Phil added: "We are very privileged to have partners on the ground who have free access to come and go in the disaster area. But we desperately need more money.

Donations can be made on-line to www.burmaappeal.org or by phone to Agape on 0121 683 5094.
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