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Former DPP chairman takes to streets to raise money for Syrian refugees

Former DPP chairman takes to streets to raise money for Syrian refugees

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Former Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Shih Ming-teh (???) took to the streets in Taipei on Saturday to raise money for Syrian refugees who have been displaced by a civil war. Shih joined Wang Ching-feng (???), chairwoman of the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and other members of the charity in a street fundraiser at the busy Jianguo Holiday Flower Market. The former chairman contacted the Taiwan Red Cross after learning about the charity's initiative to raise funds to help Syrian refugees, according to the charity. The initiative began in February and will end by the end of June. "The Taiwan Red Cross is aiming to raise NT$30 million (US$ 986,209) to purchase 10,000 parcels of food for the refugees and to help with the operation of a hospital in Jordan's Azraq Syrian refugee camp," said Lisa Hsu (???), director of Taiwan Red Cross's Department of Communications and Development. It has so far raised around NT$8.9 million, said Hsu, whose charity has been launching street fundraisers since April to approach the public and raise more awareness on the Syrian conflict. The initiative is part of a wider drive by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to raise funds to buy 500,000 parcels of food for the refugees, the Taiwan Red Cross said. Each parcel contains items such as rice, sugar, salt, oil, canned tuna, canned beans and wheat flour and costs NT$2,250 (including procurement, transportation, and distribution fees). It can feed a family of five for a month, according to the charity. More than 12 million people have been displaced and over 200,000 have been killed in the Syrian Civil War since 2011. The public can make online donations at: http://www.redcross.org.tw/home.jsp?pageno=201210040001&ptype=2 People can also wire the money to the bank account 121-20-015586-1 (Hua Nan Bank Ho Ping Branch) or send a postal money transfer to the account number 15978888 at a Taiwan post office. Mobile phone users can also make donations by dialing 55135. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-18 14:44 GMT+08:00