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Byline: By Anna Hammond South Wales Echo

Coldplay, u2, Robbie Williams, The Darkness and Franz Ferdinand are just some of the artists being touted to play at a Live Aid style concert in the Millennium Stadium.

The concert, pencilled in for Saturday, January 22, will raise money for the Asian tsunami fund.

Stadium manager Paul Sergeant said if a few A-list stars commit themselves in the next day or two, the event will go ahead.

Meanwhile communities across South Wales are clubbing together to send thousands of pounds to the victims of the disaster which struck a week ago.

In Cardiff letters have been sent to 250 households across the city asking for funds to help relief efforts.

The Shree Kutchi Leva Patel Samaj community centre, on Maerdy Street, Grangetown, has pledged pounds 5,000 to get the appeal started. Vice-chairman of the centre, Ramesh Patel, said: 'Everything we receive in the next two weeks will be sent immediately, as emergency funds.

'We are also holding a prayer day on January 29 - India's Republic Day - and hopefully will be able to raise more money then.'

The Canton councillor said the Gujarati community in Cardiff sympathised particularly with the plight of those in hardest-hit areas because that region had suffered a serious quake in 2001.

And in Pontypridd, businessman Ray Bryan has set up his garage as a collection point for aid. Dried and tinned food, clothing, babies feeding bottles, bedding, tents, and first aid supplies are among the donations at Hollybush Tyres, Llantrisant Road, Beddau.

The 40-year-old father of three has been liaising with the Sri Lankan Association for Wales, Oxfam and the British Red Cross

Aid has now started to reach the most isolated areas hit by the tsunami.

More than pounds 1bn has been pledged to the relief effort worldwide, with pounds 110m of that coming from the British public and Government.

Contact numbers: Coun Ramesh Patel - 07850 874890 or 029 2064 5645. Ray Bryan - 01443 217063.

To give directly to the Disasters Emergency Committee, see www.dec.org.uk or call 0870 606 0900.
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