Mon, May 26, 2008 - Page 2 News List

MRT ‘wishing well’ treasure may benefit charities

FINDERS KEEPERSThe Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp must keep the coins wishers toss into a stream for six months in lost and found before it puts them to use

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A wishing well wasn’t in the plans for the Kaohsiung MRT’s Central Park Station, but a stream of water at the station’s entrance has become just that for passersby, and charities stand to gain from the public’s urge to make a wish.

Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) public relations manager Chiang Hui-sung (江惠頌) said yesterday that the company had retrieved NT$27,000 in coins from the stream since the north-south Red Line opened in more than two months ago.

“The people who dropped the coins did not leave any personal information behind, but we know that the money is a symbol of the public’s love,” Chiang said.

“We too have now come to regard it [the stream] as a wishing well,” she said.

Huang I-chung (黃一中), director of the KRTC’s Public Affairs Department, said the company would have to keep the money at its lost-and-found department for six months in accordance with the law, but added that the company didn’t expect the owners to turn up any time soon to reclaim their wishing coins.

Once the six months have passed, the money will be donated to charity, Huang said.

“Those who have made wishes [at the station] may hope their wishes come true,” he said. “I believe [they] will also be blessed if the money goes to charity.”

Meanwhile, construction work at the Formosa Station, where the Red Line intersects the east-west Orange Line, is expected to be completed next month, the company said.

An inspection of the Orange Line will be held in July to determine whether operations can begin in late August as scheduled, the company said.

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