Poets gather K14m for flood vic­tims and measles pa­tients

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THE Myan­mar Poets Union raised more than K14 mil­lion for flood vic­tims and measles pa­tients over a one­week pe­riod by sell­ing hand-writ­ten po­ems and drawings by Myan­mar artists, said Ma Eain Dra, who is charge of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s fi­nances.

On Au­gust 10, artists took to Face­book, ad­ver­tis­ing their po­etry, writ­ing or paint­ings for sale to ben­e­fit flood vic­tims in Bago Re­gion and those who have con­tracted measles in the Naga Self-Ad­min­is­tered Zone.

“We asked fa­mous artists to sell their paint­ings and do­nate the pro­ceeds,” said Ma Eain Dra.

On Au­gust 14 the union hosted a char­ity event at Yan­gon’s Taw Win Cen­tre dur­ing which artists sold their art and re­quested do­na­tions. About half the do­nated money was raised at that event, ac­cord­ing Myan­mar Poets Union sec­re­tary Ko Wayy Khaung.

“I think those who bought our art and con­trib­uted are art lovers, phi­lan­thropists or maybe both,” he said.

Poet Yoe Myay raised nearly K1 mil­lion through the sale of just four po­ems.

“Although I did not re­ally write the po­ems to make money, I con­sider the money earned from these po­ems to be very pure,” he said. “I am re­ally glad to be able to con­trib­ute to the flood vic­tims by us­ing my po­ems.”

The do­nated money will pro­vide rice packs, oil bot­tles and pu­ri­fied drink­ing wa­ter to 12 vil­lages and eight monas­ter­ies in Monyo town­ship in Bago Re­gion. The re­main­der will go to Sa­gaing Re­gion’s Naga area, which has suf­fered a measles out­break, said Ma Eain Dra.

“So­cial me­dia like Face­book is very ef­fec­tive in fos­ter­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion so we took ad­van­tage of this to do a good deed,” she said. “As poets, we are con­cerned with ev­ery prob­lem fac­ing the coun­try so we did what we could.”

More than 470,000 peo­ple are suf­fer­ing as the re­sult of flood­ing across six re­gions and two states, ac­cord­ing to an Au­gust 14 re­port from the Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare, Re­lief and Resettlement. Many peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, have con­tracted measles since the mid­dle of July.

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