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In Longyan, after cauldron is lit, donations are urged

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(BEIJING, May 13) -- At 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the final stop of the torch relay in China's Fujian Province concluded with last torchbearer Chen Hong lighting the cauldron at Changtin Railway Station. On Wednesday, the torch relay will take off in Jiangxi Province from the city of Ruijin.

While the relay was going on in Fujian Province, residents in nearby Sichuan Province felt the strong tremors of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which, since it hit on Monday afternoon, has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people. Today, according to schedule, the city of Longyan hosted the last leg of the relay in Fujian. Although organizers, torchbearers, and fans were excited about the run, they were more concerned about the victims of the devastating earthquake.

At the end of each leg of the domestic relay, after the flame cauldron is lit, a celebration ceremony takes place. This time, in Longyan, the festivity doubled up as a donation avenue for the earthquake-hit areas. Chen, after igniting the cauldron, urged fans to take action to help those in need.

BOCOG representative Liu Baojie was the first to drop a donation envelope into the donation box. He was followed by members of the provincial and local government.

Torchbearer number 26, Li Xinyan, donated 5 million yuan on behalf of his Fujian-based company.

The donation ceremony was a successful attempt for everyone present to show love and sympathy to the victims of the earthquake.

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