Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild (香港演藝協會) president Alan Tam (譚詠麟) was joined by Cheung Kwok Keung (張國強) and Jo Koo (谷祖琳) today as they departed from Hong Kong International Airport, bound for the areas of Guangxi province that have been affected by the recent snowstorm disaster.
Alan revealed that the guild has planned a concert on 01 March at the Hong Kong Stadium to raise money for the disaster fund. As TVB and ATV have both already held respective fundraising events of their own, the guild has decided to take a different approach and will be sending members out independently to make films about the current situation and to visit the victims. Other members including Ray Lui (呂良偉), Charlie Yeung (楊采妮), Sandra Ng (吳君如), Gordon Lam (林家棟), Jaycee Chan (房祖名), Ada Choi (蔡少芬) and Monica Chan (陳法蓉) will be making trips out shortly to film and meet the victims to pass on their support and encouragement.
Talking of Edison Chen (陳冠希)'s announcement that he is to leave showbiz, Alan said that the guild has already issued a statement and he just wants things to settle down now. He added that on a personal note, he feels that Edison and the other victims may need some counselling and said that the guild is always on hand to help if required.
Alan also expressed his shock at the death of Lydia Sum (沈殿霞) this week and said that he called the radio station to verify the reports when he heard them because he did not believe it was true. He said that he had spoken to Lydia on the phone a week before she died and she seemed to be very well when he invited her for dinner some time, but unfortunately this was never to happen. Alan was disappointed that he will not be able to attend her memorial service on 02 March because of a prior engagement in Shanghai.