Deng Xiaoping's widow donates all her savings for earthquake relief 2008-05-16 17:01:56   Print

Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China

    BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Zhuo Lin, widow of China's late leader and chief designer of the Reform and Opening Drive Deng Xiaoping, has donated 100,000 yuan (about 14,280 U.S. dollars) for quake relief, according to the Red Cross Society of China.

    On Thursday, the Red Cross received the donation from the 92-year old, of all her savings and money from family members.

    According to the society, Zhuo had found it hard to fall asleep and eat meals when she heard about the earthquake, and she decided to donate 100,000 yuan to the Red Cross for earthquake relief. Since her own savings was less than 100,000 yuan, she had to raise some money from her family members.

    Zhuo said she will spare no efforts to help the victims in the affected areas, according to the sources.

    Zhuo, is a native of Xuanwei, Yunnan Province. In 1939, Deng, a native of Guang'an, Sichuan, and Zhuo married in Yan'an, Shaanxi Province. The couple had two sons and three daughters.

    When Deng was alive, he sometimes made donations to the needed in the name of an "old Communist Party member". Deng died of illness on February 19, 1997, at the age of 93, and since then, his widow has led a simple life.

    An earthquake measuring 7.8 degrees on the Richter struck Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, on May 12, and as of 4 p.m. on Thursday nearly 20,000 deaths have been reported in Sichuan and several other provinces and the total death toll is estimated at 50,000 or more.

    A large number of institutions, companies and individuals including China's Party and State leaders have donated cash and goods for earthquake relief.

Editor: Amber Yao
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