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Miaoli youth volunteer gains recognition for service to seniors

Miaoli youth volunteer gains recognition for service to seniors

Taipei, March 25 (CNA) A youth volunteer in Miaoli, who set up a soup kitchen and delivers hot meals to seniors living alone, has won an outstanding volunteer award and has also been selected to visit the United States on a youth ambassador program. Kao Hsing (??), a second-year student at Sanyi Senior High School who is taking culinary classes, began doing volunteer work alongside his parents since he was a child, distributing daily supplies to people in need. Last year, Kao set up a soup kitchen, which has now more than 10 volunteers, and has been delivering food by bicycle to elderly people living alone. In recognition of his efforts, Kao has been named the winner of this year's Prudential Elite Youth Volunteer Award (?????????), which is offered by Prudential Life Insurance Company of Taiwan Inc. He has also been selected as one of two people, from a field of 5,000 candidates, to travel to Washington D.C. in the U.S. in May as a goodwill ambassador. President Ma Ying-jeou recently met with Kao and commended him for his volunteer work. Kao was also honored Wednesday at an event held by Miaoli County Magistrate Hsu Yao-chang (???) to announce the launch of a charity program under which 300 volunteers from 19 civic groups will help care for elderly people living alone in the county. Miaoli County has nearly 80,000 residents over the age of 64, who account for 13.95 percent of the county's total population. The number of registered seniors living alone in the county stands at 1,109, Xu said, calling for more people to join the newly launched volunteer effort. (By Kuan Rui-ping and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-22 16:40 GMT+08:00