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CTBC Commercial Bank hosts charity drive

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- CTBC Commercial Bank (中國信託商業銀行) and the CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) yesterday kicked off its “Light the Fire for a Better Life” (點燃生命之火) fundraising drive for Taiwan's disadvantaged children.

Now in its 29th year, the endeavor has raised over NT$1.2 billion for 36 social welfare organizations, helping more than 260,000 disadvantaged children and their families.

In his address, CTBC Charity Foundation Chairman Jeffrey Koo, Jr. (辜仲諒) stated that too many disadvantaged children are being forced to grow up too quickly. “Disadvantaged children often are forced to grow up very quickly, and must take on the role of adults, serving as secondary caregivers and breadwinners for their families” said Koo. “Through this fundraising drive, we hope to help make up for their lost carefree childhood, so that they enjoy being kids and focus on their studies.” Koo also reminded the public that the endeavor is not driven by pity for disadvantaged children, but by a sense of wholehearted respect for their resilience in facing adversity, while at the same time urging the public to join him in the fundraising drive.

The event featured a moving song and ukelele performance by the children of Beibin Elementary School, Hualien (花蓮北濱國小), which garnered the acclaim of Koo.

In leading the fundraising drive, the CTBC Commercial Bank yesterday presented a check for NT$2 million to social services organizations in hopes of inspiring kindness among the public.

Fundraising efforts will begin today and run through March 10, in hopes of raising NT$100 million for Taiwan's disadvantaged children.

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Guests of honor pose for a photo with children from the Beibin Elementary School during a fund raising event for disadvantaged children in Taipei yesterday evening. Guests lit up a Christmas tree display in hopes of inspiring more charitable assistance from the public.

(Veronika Tomanova, The China Post)

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