Turkey marathon TV show raises $6 bln for earthquake victims

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A seven-hour show broadcast on hundreds of TV and radio channels in Turkey raised 115.1 billion liras ($6 billion) in aid for survivors of the February 6 twin earthquakes, with the country’s central bank leading the donation drive.

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In a phone call to the live show, Governor Sahap Kavcioglu said the central bank will donate 30 billion liras, about a quarter of all the money raised during the Wednesday night show, Anadolu Agency reported.

State-run lenders followed the lead, with Ziraat Bankasi pledging 20 billion liras, Vakifbank 12 billion liras and Halkbank 7 billion liras.

Other top donators include mobile companies Turkcell and Turk Telekom at 3.5 billion liras and 2 billion liras, respectively, and state-run insurer Turkiye Sigorta with 2 billion liras. Turkish Airlines and Borsa Istanbul also donated 2 billion liras each.

Isbank separately announced a 1 billion liras donation and a pledge to support new construction with 1.75 billion liras.

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