Students raising funds for China quake victims

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Apr 26, 2013 - Page 4

Taiwanese and Chinese students at Asia University have joined together to raise funds for victims of the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that struck China’s Sichuan Province on Saturday.

About 30 Taiwanese and 14 Chinese students from Sichuan’s Southwestern University of Finance and Economics are participating in the fundraiser, which was launched on Tuesday.

Wu Shang-lin, president of Asia University’s student association, said yesterday that it launched the campaign because students empathized with the quake’s victims.

The 21-year-old said Wufeng District (霧峰) in Greater Taichung, where the university is located, was badly hit by the 921 Earthquake in 1999.

The association hopes to raise NT$500,000 from students and teachers, and donation boxes will be set up on campus until May 10, Wu said.

The money will be given to the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China to help with reconstruction in Sichuan, he said, adding that teachers and students have made generous donations so far.

Donations of clothing and other supplies are also encouraged, Wu said, adding that the public should extend a helping hand to victims.

“We are all members of the global community,” he said. “We should not discriminate when it comes to helping each other in times of disaster.”

Yu Yuxiao, a 22-year-old finance major from China, said he and other Chinese students had been discussing the idea of raising funds when they heard about the association’s initiative.

“When you are doing this, and find out that someone is already doing it, you feel touched, especially when you are away from home,” said Yu, who arrived to Taiwan earlier this month.

The Chinese students have made posters and videos to promote the fundraiser.

Yu, who was in Sichuan during the massive earthquake that hit the province in 2008, said the latest disaster has shown him the caring spirit of Taiwanese.

Meanwhile, TransWorld University in Yunlin County said yesterday that Chinese exchange students there have launched a fundraiser for Sichuan victims and will begin collecting donations today.

The students said they hope to work with Taiwanese students to assist with disaster relief and reconstruction in Sichuan Province, the university said.