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Concert benefits tsunami relief fund

WINDSOR – If you haven’t contributed to a relief fund for tsunami victims in Indonesia, here’s your chance.

The Lewiston complex of Perdue Farms Inc. along with WBTE (990 AM) of Windsor are teaming their efforts to sponsor a Tsunami Relief Gospel Benefit at 3 p.m. here Saturday, Feb. 19 at Bertie High School.

The event is part of Perdue’s &uot;Campaign of Compassion and Caring&uot; program.

At Saturday’s benefit, area citizens can enjoy the spiritual upliftings of Gospel Impressions, Bishop Anthony Cherry, Symera Cherry of L&S Ministries, Clint Freeman and other various gospel groups within the local community.

Advance tickets are priced at $5 each and are available by contacting Minister Williams at either 348-3258 or 348-4396. They are also available at the WBTE studios (794-5590).

Tickets will also be available at the door for $6 each. Children, ages 7-12, will be admitted for $3. Children, ages 6 and under, are admitted free.

Various prizes will be available throughout the entire program (you must be present to win).

All proceeds will benefit the tsunami relief effort, currently ongoing through the American Red Cross International Response Fund.

Additionally, Perdue Farms has pledged to match funds, up to $50,000, raised by its associates until Feb. 28 as part of a company-wide campaign to aid tsunami survivors.

The number of people believed to have been killed in December’s tsunami disaster has risen to 287,534, more than seven weeks after the catastrophe. Indonesia was hardest-hit by the December 26 earthquake and tsunami, with a total of 234,271 people listed as dead or missing. The toll in Sri Lanka, which was second hardest hit by the catastrophe, stood at 30,957.

The killer tsunami was caused by a massive earthquake west of the Indonesian island of Sumatra. According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake measured 9.0 on the Richter scale, making it the largest quake worldwide in four decades.