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Taiwanese vegetable vendor praised for selfless devotion

Taiwanese vegetable vendor praised for selfless devotion

Manila, Aug. 25 (CNA) Taitung vegetable vendor Chen Shu-chu was named as a winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award because award foundation members found her selfless devotion to charity amazing, said foundation executive Manuel Hizon Saturday. Speaking to the CNA less than a week before Chen is presented with her award in Manila on Aug. 31, Hizon said that when members of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation visited Chen at the market where she works before deciding on the award winners, they came to admire her for her altruistic devotion. Chen was named in July as one of six winners of the award, dubbed Asia's Nobel Peace Prize, for "transforming young lives through a life of giving," the foundation's website said. The vegetable vendor has donated some NT$10 million (US$333,979) to fund local children's education and improve their lives. People as selfless as Chen are rare today, Hizon said, and what made her actions all the more noble was her decision not to publicize what she was doing.
Chen, one of six winners of this year's award, is scheduled to arrive in Manila Sunday to attend the award ceremony on Aug. 31, but she initially was not interested in going. She changed her mind only after Foreign Minister Timothy Yang and Taitung County Magistrate Justin Huang persuaded her to go, and said she would attend the award for "the sake of Taiwan's honor." Chen has also announced that she will donate the cash prize of US$50,000 to Mackay Hospital's Taitung Branch to help the hospital build an intensive care unit. A winner of various international honors, Chen was named in 2010 as one of Times' 100 most influential individuals and as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy by Forbes Asia. Ten Taiwanese have won the Ramon Magsaysay Award, given to Asian individuals for their selfless acts. The most recent winner from Taiwan was Cloud Gate Dance Theatre founder Lin Hwai-min in 1999. (By Emerson T. Lin and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2020-12-02 04:36 GMT+08:00