A Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) official recently donated the compensation he received from the government for injuries suffered in a biking accident to a shelter workshop, saying he sued the government only to remind it of the importance of public safety.
Cross-Strait Situation Analysis Division Chief Liu Li-hsin (劉禮信) was biking home from work on Sept. 1, 2009, when uneven paving on Beiyi Road in New Taipei City (新北市) caused him to fall off his bike. He suffered injuries to his face, including bone fractures, and it took eight months to fully recover from the accident.
Liu sued the First Maintenance Office of the Directorate-General of Highways, seeking compensation, and the Banciao District Court recently ruled that the office was in error and ordered it to pay Liu NT$530,000 in compensation.
In accordance with his statement in court that he would donate all the compensation to a public welfare organization, Liu said he did some homework on various groups and decided on the New Taipei City Tsu Tai Shelter Workshop.
The workshop, which operates under the Catholic Kuang Jen Social Welfare Foundation, helps those who are mentally challenged. It employs 36 people, more than 90 percent of whom are mentally challenged.
Workshop supervisor Teng Yung-chin (鄧勇進) says the staff all work hard and do not complain. Teng cited the example of 43 year-old worker nicknamed “Hsiao Ling” (小玲), saying that despite a five-hour commute to and from work, she cherishes the opportunity to work.
The workshop’s Kuang Jen restaurant opened in 2007, but got off to a tough start. However, thanks to employees handing out flyers, the restaurant finally established a steady clientele, Teng said, adding that it also gave the employees the chance to be independent.
Liu said his donation was only a little something to show his concern, adding that he hoped his efforts would attract more donations.
Teng said the workshop was very thankful to Liu because it did not usually get a lot of donations, adding that donations of all kinds are always appreciated.
Translated by Jake Chung, staff writer