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Eden Foundation to raise funds for wheelchairs, canes

CARE Started by a disabled author, the foundation has given away NT$80 million in equipment to people living in 20 countries

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

The Eden Social Welfare Foundation will launch a campaign in Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan next month to raise funds to provide wheelchairs to the disabled and canes for the blind, a spokesman said yesterday.

The spokesman told a press conference that the campaign will be a continuation of the foundation's "Love Without Borders" project initiated in 1996 to help people with disabilities around the world.

The foundation has given away nearly 10,000 wheelchairs worth NT$80 million (US$2.4 million) to disabled people in 20 countries through the "Love Without Borders" project.

The spokesman said the foundation will hold fund-raising dinners in Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan -- on Aug. 24, 25, and 26 respectively. Tickets will cost NT$2,000.

hopes

The foundation hopes to raise a total of NT$26 million in the campaign -- with NT$12 million coming from the three dinners -- to purchase 500 adult wheelchairs, 500 wheelchairs for children, and 1,250 white canes.

The foundation was begun in 1982 by the late Liu Hsia (劉俠) -- a wheelchair-bound author who suffered from rheumatic arthritis -- with just a small office and only two employees.

evolution

It has evolved into a institution employing 1,200 people, with 65 service centers in 20 cities and counties around Taiwan and branch offices in Malaysia and Vietnam.

In 1997 the foundation became an official member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and has been aggressively promoting public awareness of landmine issues through fund-raising events in Taiwan.

campaign

Through its "Love Without Borders" campaign, Eden has donated more than 9,848 wheelchairs to landmine victims and disabled individuals worldwide.

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