If you were not even able to spend NT$80 on a small hotpot meal, then being able to celebrate your birthday and even have a birthday cake would pretty much be unimaginable. But this was one of the dreams of students at Amway’s Hope Maker school in Yunlin County. In order to help them realize that dream, Hope Maker director Chuo Chung-hsin organized a birthday cake charity event, which immediately attracted donations from local cake businesses, bringing warmth to the students’ hearts.
Chuo says that around 40 percent of Hope Maker’s 70 students come from underprivileged single-parent families, and that establishing the school was done in hopes of being able to help these children be able to lead a normal life. Hope Maker organized the birthday cake charity event in April to allow the kids to experience what it is like to actually celebrate their birthday. Local companies were given a chance to chip in and give the children an opportunity to celebrate their lives.
As soon as word got out, Chen Pin Bakery owner Huang Hsuan-pin in Douliou was the first to respond, donating 10 8-inch cakes in April. Huang says that he hopes the cakes will help the students maintain their innocence and happiness. Sweet Way owner Chiang Ching-ming says that his bakery will be taking over for the month of May and initially promised to provide all cakes from now on. However, Yunlin County Bakers’ Association director Lo Chi-chien said that when something this meaningful is possible everyone should be able to take part in it, so a different bakery will be donating cakes each month. They have already arranged which bakeries will donate cakes through March next year.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)