Veteran donates to VAC
A 79-year-old veteran donated NT$8.2 million (US$274,000) of his life savings and three Taipei properties he owns to the Veterans Affairs Commission (VAC) and Genesis Social Welfare Foundation yesterday to help people in need. Lu Chen-cheng (呂振誠), who came to Taiwan from his hometown in China’s Zhejiang Province at the age of 16, retired from his job as a technician at Taipei Veterans General Hospital 24 years ago after having left the military in 1963. He has long made contributions to charity, including donating the NT$6,000 a month he earns in interest on his retirement account to orphans. “My life is simple. I can live on only NT$200 to NT$300 a day,” Lu said, adding that he still receives a monthly pension of about NT$24,000.
High school comes second
Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School took second place at an international show band competition held in Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday. The Taiwanese school finished as the first runner-up with a score of 92.8 points at the Marching Show Bands World Championships held between July 4 and Tuesday. The 64-member band arrived in Canada on Wednesday last week after having practiced for 13 hours a day to get themselves ready for the competition, which is open to both high school and professional marching show bands. Canada’s Calgary Stampede Show Band clinched first prize with 94.9 points, while third place went to Germany’s Fanfare Potsdam, with 91.7 points. The four-day event attracted 10 teams from six countries including Denmark, Australia, the US and Thailand. The 30-year-old Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School show band won the world championship in Italy in 2008 and in Germany in 2010.