This past weekend a strong earthquake devastated parts of northeast Yunnan. Several hundred people were killed and tens of thousands have been left homeless and lost all of their worldly possessions. The government of Yunnan is calling for volunteers, cash contributions and donations to help out stricken areas.
The area likely faces years of reconstruction and rebuilding. Its people, however, are not necessarily looking to the day when everything returns to normal. Instead they are wondering where the next meal will come from, how best to mourn for the dead and whether the water they are drinking is safe.
In an effort to provide whatever help we can, the Kunming community is calling on Spring City citizens to come together and raise money and material for the victims of the Ludian Earthquake (鲁甸地震). To this end, GoKunming and DT Bar — once know as Laowo Bar — will host We are Yunnan. The concert and lucky draw will take place this Friday in an effort to raise as much money as possible for victims of the quake. The event will feature six bands, a DJ and a raffle with fantastic prizes.
To streamline the process and make it as uncomplicated as possible, tickets can be purchased in advance at four locations for 30 yuan each. The door fee not only gets you into the event but also covers the cost of one ticket for the evening's raffle. People can buy as many additional raffle tickets as they would like, with each extra one costing ten yuan.
Performances begin at 8pm and acts scheduled to perform include Large Forehead (大脑门), John Nevada Lundemo and the Howling Void, Rose Garden Lord (玫瑰园主), Big Lottery (大乐透), Mayuan Poets (麻园诗人) and The Wild Rovers. At midnight we will hold the lucky draw. Raffle winners will be chosen at random by an MC and awarded their prizes in person. A performance by DJ Xiao Kris will cap off the evening's festivities.
A free night's stay for two and dinner vouchers at Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre
A steak dinner for two, including salad, potatoes, ice cream and red wine at Slice of Heaven
Two vouchers for large pizzas at Brooklyn Pizzeria
Two bottles of wine from Alei Lounge Club & Tapas Bar
A case of Beer Lao provided by DT Bar
Two bottles of tequila provided by Moondog
Two bottles of whisky provided by The Whisky People
A bottle of Bulleit Bourbon provided by Club Vervo
Two 100-yuan vouchers redeemable at Salvador's Coffee House
Five vouchers for pizzas from Lost Garden Guesthouse & Restaurant
Five rock climbing vouchers from TNS Climbing Center
One free yoga class at Bodhisattva Lotus
Odds and ends
Event organizers will be accepting material donations as well. During a call to the Yunnan Red Cross, we were told clothing (especially kids sizes), blankets and thermoses were the most urgently needed items. Also, we request that anyone who has a stack of small change — especially jiao paper notes — gather them all up and drop them in the donation cash box we will have at DT Bar. Larger bills are fine too.
Advance tickets for the Ludian earthquake fundraiser are available at Brooklyn Pizzeria, DT Bar, Salvador's Coffee House and Slice of Heaven. Extra raffle tickets will be sold at the event. All cash raised will be deposited in an earthquake-specific bank account established at the Agricultural Bank of China by the Yunnan government. Clothes and other items will be donated to the Red Cross.
Previous fundraisers of this kind have tended to raise around 10,000 yuan. We would love to shatter this number Friday night. We strongly urge everyone in the Kunming community to come out for an evening of entertainment in the name of a good cause. All of us were either born here or chose to live in Yunnan. Let's give back when the place we call home so desperately needs it.
GoKunming would like to extend special thanks to Juliette, Matu, Fanfan Sarah and all of the bands for making Friday night possible.