Sat, Jul 10, 2004 - Page 2 News List

AIT, Tai Shin Corp make donations to Taiwan Red Cross


Volunteers move boxes of bottled water outside the headquarters of the Taiwan Red Cross yesterday. All donated food and water will soon be sent to the disaster zone left by Tropical Storm Mindulle.


The Taiwan Red Cross yesterday received two donations for Trop-ical Storm Mindulle relief efforts. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) presented the Red Cross with US$50,000 (NT$1,690,000), while Tai Shin Holding Corp contributed NT$2.5 million.

"The money donated is significant, but the thoughts and the care expressed by the American people are worth much more to us," Taiwan Red Cross president Chen Chang-wen (陳長文) said in accepting the donation from AIT director Douglas Paal. "We at the Red Cross will make the best use of the money and mitigate the suffering of typhoon victims as soon as possible."

The AIT donation was funded by the US Agency for International Development. Because of Taiwan's relatively advanced degree of national development, US$50,000 was the highest donation possible for a natural disaster, Red Cross secretary-general Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said.

The Red Cross was one of three non-governmental disaster-aid agencies to receive a donation from Tai Shin. A total of NT$10 million was dedicated to relief efforts by the corporation, of which NT$5 million was presented to the Ministry of the Interior in a low-key ceremony yesterday morning.

"We made the decision quickly," Tai Shin chief executive officer Chen Huai-chou (陳淮舟) said. "We as an enterprise consider ourselves good citizens of this nation, and if we can provide a little assistance to those who suffer, then we count ourselves very happy."

Chen added that the Tai Shin representatives in areas affected by the storm would work to alleviate the financial burden facing local clients.

"According to our volunteers in the central regions, the destructive power of this typhoon was almost as strong as the 921 earthquake [in 1999]," Hau said.

"We encourage companies to contribute to the rebuilding process," Hau said. He said domestic donations amounted to NT$20 million, compared with NT$600 million for the 921 earthquake.

Red Cross secretary Yin Shaiw-chen (任孝琪) said that fewer enterprises were donating money to the Red Cross this time, and that the AIT's donation was the first donation from overseas.

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