Flower sale helps people with spinal cord injuries

PETAL POWER::Every year, the Development Center for Spinal Cord Injuries raises funds for training schemes by selling seasonal and festive plants to the public

Staff Writer, with CNA

Fri, Dec 09, 2011 - Page 2

An organization that assists people who have spinal cord injuries launched a charity plant sale yesterday and urged members of the public to show their Christmas spirit through purchasing some of the seasonal flowers and plants on offer.

The campaign, held annually at Christmas since 1999, encourages everyone to become a giver, Development Center for Spinal Cord Injuries director Lin Chin-hsing (林進興) said.

By purchasing a plant, buyers can decorate their homes for the festive season while at the same time lending a helping hand to the needy, Lin said.

There are about 20,000 people with spinal cord injuries in Taiwan, most of whom are in their late 20s and more than 90 percent of whom rely on wheelchairs for mobility, Lin said.

Although these individuals are fully capable of working, they need training programs and counseling to help them develop life skills and become independent, he said.

Proceeds from the sale will be used to set up employment training and help them find jobs, he said.

Lin added that purchases of more than NT$2,000 can be delivered to the buyers’ home for free, some of which will be delivered by the charity recipients themselves as a gesture of appreciation.