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Donations made for bereaved brothers reach NT$6 million

By Wang Shan-yen and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A bank account opened for donations for three young Chiayi brothers whose parents died last month was closed on Saturday after reaching its targeted goal of NT$6 million (US$193,120), to ensure the brothers’ education, medical and living expenses would be covered.

On Nov. 22, the family went to Chiayi County’s Budai Township (布袋) to go fishing. At about 2:18pm, the middle son fell into the water.

Upon hearing shouts of help coming from their youngest child, the father and his eldest son jumped in the water to try and save the boy.

When the older son began flailing as well, his mother dove into the water to rescue him, but found herself struggling.

The two boys were eventually rescued by nearby fishermen, but their parents drowned.

Hsu Chung-ho (許忠和), principal at Northern Chiayi Elementary School, where the brothers are enrolled — in third, fourth and fifth grades — said an account was opened for them on Tuesday last week and that by Friday, the donations had exceeded expectations, reaching NT$6 million.

In order to ensure that resources from kind people are able to be given to other people who are in need, the school closed the account, he said.

The brothers have enough funding now to see them through college, he added.

Chiayi City Government Social Services Division Director Lee Yi-chun (李憶君) said the brothers were close to an aunt and uncle on their father’s side and the aunt is applying for guardianship.

Lee said his office would do its best to help the family.

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