Kobe Relief Telethon Raises Over $125,000 for Kobe Quake Victims
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Star Trek″ actor George Takei and singer Little Richard helped raise more than $125,000 for Kobe earthquake victims.
The Kobe Relief Telethon was organized by cable TV’s International Channel to aid victims of the Jan. 17 earthquake in western Japan, which measured 7.2 and killed more than 5,200 people.
The five-hour telethon aired live Sunday night throughout the United States and in some parts of Latin America. It also will be rebroadcast in Japan, said International Channel Vice-President Rosemary Danon.
The donations will go directly to the American Red Cross for the Japanese Red Cross Society, Danon said.
Takei, Mr. Sulu on the original ``Star Trek,″ was master of ceremonies. Also appearing were actress Amy Hill, comedienne Margaret Cho and the musical group Hiroshima.
The International Channel, aimed at immigrants to the United States and viewers interested in world programming, provides basic cable shows in 22 languages.