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Last Updated: Friday, 7 January, 2005, 14:23 GMT
Hong Kong hosts marathon aid gig
Andy Lau
Hong Kong singer and actor Andy Lau was among the performers
More than 150 pop stars from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan appeared at a seven-hour concert to raise money for victims of the Asian tsunami on Friday.

The line-up included Hollywood action star Jet Li and canto-pop singers Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung.

The show, called Crossing Borders, was held at the Hong Kong Stadium with the stars' new version of We Are the World as its theme song.

Organisers said they had raised HK$19m (US$2.4m, 1.3m) by Friday evening.

The show was watched by 10,000 people and broadcast on 40 TV stations worldwide.

Beijing-born Jet Li, star of Romeo Must Die, Hero and Kiss of the Dragon, was on holiday in the Maldives when the waves hit.

'Everything was gone'

"The waves came really quickly and formed swirls," he said. "I carried my daughters and pulled my maid and ran," he said.

"When I looked back, everything I saw minutes ago was gone. Everything was surrounded by the ocean. The houses collapsed. I continued to run but the water was already up to my mouth."

He eventually found safety in his hotel before a second round of bigger waves hit.

The new version of We Are the World is called Love. It features Chinese lyrics but retains the English chorus.

The song was originally written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie to raise money for Ethiopian famine victims in 1985.

Taiwanese pop divas Chang Hui-mei and Coco Lee and Hong Kong stars Leon Lai, Gigi Leung and Cecilia Cheung also appeared at the concert.


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