BEIJING, Sept. 13 -- A total of seven million yuan were
raised at a charity auction on Thursday in Beijing, attended by Chinese
basketballers and NBA stars.
Members of the Chinese men's national
basketball team attend a charity auction party in Beijing, Sept. 13, 2007.
Chinese basketball star Wang Zhizhi and Yao Ming, together with some NBA
stars, will play a charity game on Sept. 14. All the income of the charity
game and the auction will be donated to help improve educational
environment of children from families of poverty in west China.
Rockets center Yao Ming and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash appeared at the
banquet, part of the charity activities jointly sponsored by themselves, that
also includes a charity game on Friday.
Yao Ming (L2) and Steve Nash (L3) attend
a charity auction party in Beijing, Sept. 13, 2007. (Xinhua
the money collected from the auction and from Friday's game will be used to aid
schooling for kids in China's poorest regions.
Seven people became winners after fierce bidding at
the salesroom where precious items, including Beijing Olympic tickets and the
jersey Michael Jordan wore in the NBA final, were on sale.
Every winner will gain a set of articles with a
special theme. The pack - featuring the Beijing Olympics - that includes tickets
and a pair of sports shoes once worn by Yao Ming - was auctioned at the highest
rate - 3.6 million yuan.
6.75 million yuan were collected from the auction and
Yao Ming, who enjoys a high reputation both in China and in the US, contributed
another 250,000 yuan to the sum.
The charity game between the Chinese national team
and the NBA Stars is scheduled for Friday evening, at the Shougang Basketball