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Students donate hair to cancer patients
國中女生捐長髮助癌友

Junior high school students from Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s Jiun Tou Elementary and Junior High School hold hair, to be donated to cancer patients, while posing with Buddhist clergy in Nantou County’s Puli Township on Jan. 1.
南投縣埔里鎮佛光山均頭國民中小學五位國中女學生與法師們一月一日手拿剪下的長髮,捐助癌症病友。

Photo: Tung Chen-kuo, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者佟振國

An act of charity can make ushering in the New Year more meaningful. Five female students from Fo Guang Shan Monastery’s Jiun Tou Elementary and Junior High School in Nantou County’s Puli Township donated their beautiful long black hair on New Year’s Day in hopes of helping cancer patients.

The school celebrated its anniversary on New Year’s Day and held a hair donation ceremony, during which seventh grader Chang Man-yuan and ninth graders Wu Yi-ting, Tseng Yu-chun, Lee Yi-chen and Liang Ching-wen each cut off approximately 25cm of hair, which had taken them at least two years to grow. The hair was donated to Changhua Christian Hospital’s A Skin-Slice with Love Foundation to make wigs and hopefully help cancer patients regain self-confidence after losing their hair from undergoing chemotherapy.

For all five of the girls, it was the first time to donate hair to help others. Some of them could not help crying as their hair was being cut. Helping cancer patients is a noble act, and during the event parents and classmates clapped enthusiastically, thanking the five students for their act of kindness.

Among the students, Liang lost her father to cancer. Before her father died he underwent chemotherapy and lost his hair. While reminiscing about the past, she could not help but weep. Liang also remembers how her dad used to say that girls with long hair are the prettiest, which is why she started letting her hair grow long in elementary school and could not bear to cut it.

Liang says that, in recalling the profound pain of losing her father, when she learned of the hair donation event she became determined to participate. In the future, Liang says that she will continue growing her hair out to donate it. Her mom praised her for being so grown-up and thinking of others by loving and caring for them.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. charity n.

慈悲;仁愛;慈善團體

(ci2 bei1; ren2 ai4; ci2 shan4 tuan2 ti3)

例: Food banks run by charities feed millions of Americans every year.

(隸屬慈善團體的食物銀行,每年提供糧食給數百萬美國人吃。)

2. usher in v. phr.

迎接;領進;引進 (ying2 jie1; ling3 jin4; yin3 jin4)

例: The hostess ushered us into the room.

(帶位小姐帶我們進去房間。)

3. regain v.

取回;收回;收復;恢復

(qu3 hui2; shou1 hui2; shou1 fu4; hui1 fu4)

例: He was unable to regain his composure and had to leave the room.

(他無法恢復平靜,只好離開房間。)


行善迎接新年更有意義!就讀南投縣埔里鎮佛光山均頭國民中小學的五位女同學,在二○一四年第一天,共同捐出烏黑秀髮,盼能幫助癌症病友。

均頭國民中小學在元旦舉行校慶與捐髮儀式,就讀國中部一年級的張嫚原及三年級的吳宜庭、曾鈺淳、李宜臻、梁景雯,特別剪下留了至少二年的二十五公分長髮,捐給彰化基督教醫院切膚之愛基金會製作假髮,希望幫助接受化療掉髮的癌症病友重拾自信。

五個小女生都是第一次剪髮助人,落髮當下,有人不捨地掉下淚來,但能幫助癌友是件大功德,現場家長、同學都用熱烈掌聲,謝謝五位同學的愛心。

其中梁景雯的父親因癌症辭世,生前也因接受化療而掉髮,憶及往事她不禁潸然淚下,梁景雯一直記得爸爸曾說:「女孩子留長髮最漂亮了!」因此從國小就留了一頭長髮,始終捨不得剪短。

梁景雯說,有切身之痛,當得知有捐髮助人的活動,毅然參加,以後還要留髮捐髮;媽媽也稱讚女兒長大了,會替別人著想,分享愛與關懷。

(自由時報記者佟振國)

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