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Child musicians busk for victims
Young Indian tsunami victim looks at debris and ruined houses in Nagattipatinam
Thousands of children have lost families and homes
A group of young musicians horrified by the scale of death and destruction the Asian tsunami has left in its wake have raised more than 2,000 for victims.

Members of Wantage Silver Band spent New Year's Eve busking outside the Sainsbury store in Limborough Road, Oxfordshire, for eight hours.

Band member James Ellacot, nine, came up with idea of a play-a-thon, said Denise Clark, the children's conductor.

The youngsters, aged eight to 17, will give the 2,200 they raised to Oxfam.

Youngsters made orphans

Mother-of-three Ms Clark, who conducts the Wantage Silver Band's children's trainer band, said: "The children were shocked and very concerned by the dramatic footage on television and were wondering what they could do to help.

"We, as parents, are really delighted because they organised the busking fundraiser event themselves.

"James called my son Patrick, eight, who also plays in the band to see if he would go busking. I then called Sainsbury and they very kindly gave us permission.

"The children are very chuffed at the amount of money they managed to raise in just one day."

The amateur organisation, which has about 150 musicians, who provide entertainment to local audiences through concerts and open-air events, also plans to stage a special fundraising concert at the end of the month for the victims.

On Thursday, The United Nations children's agency, Unicef, urged the international community to prioritise youngsters made orphans by the tsunami disaster.

As many as 50,000 children were killed, and more than a million have been hurt or lost families in the disaster.


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