Kang Chiao Bilingual School in New Taipei City teamed up with the Childhood Cancer Foundation and the Taiwan Make a Wish Foundation, mobilizing 1,054 students who went out over the course of two days telling over 10,000 people about the suffering of children with cancer and collecting NT$1.65 million (US$54,683) in donations. New Taipei City Education Department Commissioner Lin Teng-chiao presided over the donation ceremony on Wednesday last week.
Sung Cheng-hao, director of the Kang Chiao International School’s department of student affairs, shared a story with students about a 15-year-old girl who was terminally ill but dreamed of wearing a wedding dress and looking like a beautiful bride. Through the Taiwan Make a Wish Foundation, they found a bridal shop willing to help make the girl’s dream come true before she died. He also told them that there are many similar stories of children with cancer, but they will probably never realize their dreams.
Students from Kang Chiao’s elementary and secondary school for two days over the weekend at the end of May went around department stores, neighborhoods, churches, parks and markets, soliciting donations from strangers and local businesses that they frequent.
Ninth-grader Chen Yi-wei says that he performed on his instrument at the courtyard in his neighborhood to raise funds, adding that while some people were indifferent, he attracted a lot of attention and received encouragement from most people, and he became more aware of his motives and what his mission was by doing this philanthropic work.
The best method for teaching moral education is by having students go out and do things themselves, Lin says, adding that the students’ willingness to sacrifice their weekend to take action should be affirmed and learned from.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)