Edmontonians open wallets for quake relief

City residents donated thousands of dollars Sunday for earthquake relief in western India.

More than 2,000 people who took in India Day Celebrations at the Jubilee Auditorium donated about $15,000 to the relief fund. The provincial government contributed another $50,000.

Sunil Desai, one of the fund's organizers, says the earthquake affected more than just Canada's Indian communities.

"I'm amazed at the number of people who have come forward from all walks of life, from all societies, to help raise funds for this effort not only in Edmonton but across Canada," says Desai.

As many as 30,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 others were left homeless in the Jan. 26 quake.

"The earthquake has been on the mind of everybody I have spoken to," says Desai. "The discussion has been around the earthquake and its implications both in terms of the loss of life and also damage and injury to thousands and thousands of people."

Desai says fund-raising efforts will continue with a dinner planned for later this month.