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May 15th, 2008

Southern Metropolis Daily is reporting that too many people are donating money to the Chinese Red Cross online, causing their website to crash.

捐款挤瘫网络 选择其他方式捐款

Donations freeze the net. Choose other methods to donate.

中国红十字会、中国红十字基金会网站昨天被捐款挤爆。相关人士建议选择其他捐款方式。

Yesterday the website of the Chinese Red Cross Society and Chinese Red Cross Foundation was frozen by the sheer number of people donating money. Related persons suggest choosing other methods to donate money.

中国红十字总会、中国红十字基金会12日晚发起赈灾募款活动,得到社会各界积极响应。工作人员介绍,昨日,两大网站就瘫痪了,“捐款的人太多了”。中国红十字基金会工作人员呼吁热心人士选择其他捐款方式或错峰上网。

The Chinese Red Cross Society and Chinese Red Cross Foundation started an disaster-relief fundraising activity on the evening of the 12th, receiving an energetic response from every sector of society. Workers said that yesterday the two big websites had been paralysed, “There were too many donors.” A worker at the Chinese Red Cross Foundation called on enthusiastic people to choose other ways to donate or get online in off-peak periods.

昨天下午1时左右,市民邓先生打算通过李连杰壹基金在淘宝设立的捐款网站进行捐款,但一直无法登录。壹基金市场拓展部表示,在过去24小时里已经筹集到820万元人民币,由于捐款人数很多,导致网速较慢,请捐款市民耐心等待。

At around 1 yesterday afternoon, city resident [Guangzhou?] Mr Deng planned to donate money through the donation page set up at Taobao by Jet Li’s One Foundation. One Foundation’s marketing department said in the past 24 hours 8.2 million yuan had already been collected, and because there were so many donors, causing the internet to slow down, asked city residents wishing to donate money to wait patiently.

此外,中国红十字会总会提醒公众,从未委托个人开展募捐。截至13日14时,中国红十字基金会已累计收到捐赠款物6700余万元人民币,最大一笔企业捐款为中国人寿1600万元。

In addition, the Chinese Red Cross Society reminds the public to never trust individuals soliciting donations. Up till 2pm on the 13th, the Chinese Red Cross Foundation had already received over 67 million yuan in donations, the biggest company donation being China Life’s 16 million yuan.

This is followed with a list of ways to donate, but that’s been done by others, so I won’t reproduce it here.

I should also note that it took three attempts over the course of writing this post to open the Chinese Red Cross homepage. Guess they’re still getting a lot of traffic.

Our local neighbourhood committee has a donation desk set up at the neighbourhood vehicle gate during office hours and they seem to be getting a steady stream of donors. There are also posters up around the neighbourhood and on campus advertising times and places to donate money and blood. This afternoon one of the class monitors was collecting donations from the students at the start of class. It’s good to see the whole country getting behind the relief efforts.

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