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CTBC Charity foundation takes children to visit Yuan Zai

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Over 160 elementary school students and 174 volunteers were invited by CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) and CTBC Life Insurance Co. (中國信託人壽) to visit the Taipei Zoo's panda cub Yuan Zai (圓仔) yesterday.

The Taipei Zoo has always been one of the most popular destinations among elementary school students in Taipei City; however, according to research conducted by Chinatrust and the Child Welfare League Foundation (兒童福利聯盟文教基金會), nearly 40 percent of elementary school children in Taiwan have never been to the Taipei Zoo.

In light of this, CTBC Life last October announced plans to work with the Taipei Zoo to support the panda family — Yuan Zai, Yuan Yuan (圓圓), and Tuan Tuan (團團) — and at the same time called for volunteers from the Chinatrust Charity Foundation to make those children's dream come true.

Elementary school students from Yilan (宜蘭), Taoyuan (桃園), Taitung (台東) and Yunlin (雲林) enjoyed their time at the Taipei Zoo yesterday. The Taipei Zoo played Yuan Zai's documentary film, and Chinatrust also invited a children's theater group to perform a short play during the one-day charity event.

Some of the kids were too excited to fall asleep the night before the event, and when they saw Yuan Zai climbing up and down from a wooden shelf, the kids said the panda cub is way too adorable and that the sleepless night was totally worth it.

CTBC Charity Foundation Chairman Jeffrey J. L. Koo, Jr. (辜仲諒) participated in the event, and said that he hopes this event will create a precious memory for the children.

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Hundreds of elementary school students who have never been to the Taipei Zoo and volunteers of CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) pose for a photograph at the Taipei Zoo, yesterday.

(Courtesy of CTBC Charity Foundation)

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