Sat, Feb 28, 2004 - Page 4 News List

New Party looms large in donation drive on Kinmen

CNA , TAIPEI

Kinmen County Commissioner Lee Chu-feng (李炷烽) led residents of the island yesterday in a blood donation drive on the eve of 228 Peace Memorial Day.

Lee, who was the first in a long line of people who came to the Kinmen County Stadium to roll up their sleeves and donate blood, said the move would provide a blood link between the people of Kinmen and Taiwan, as well as one of love and compassion, which he said would help heal "historic wounds."

"This will be deeply significant to the integration of ethnic groups," he said.

New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明), who earlier initiated the 228 blood donation drive, entitled "Let Blood Donation Replace Bloodshed," was accompanied by New Party Legislator Wu Cheng-tian (吳成典) when he arrived to give blood.

Yok said that the party had worked with civic groups to launch the drive, and hoped that it would help erase the stigma that remains in the memories of many Taiwanese.

Yok said the drive started in Taipei on Feb. 7, with similar events in Taoyuan and Taichung.

The drive has secured more than 1.6 million bags (40 million cubic centimeters) of blood.

Yok expressed the hope that the blood drive would become a permanent mark of 228 Peace Memorial Day.

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