PTT BBS users launch donation drive for victims of Typhoon Morakot
By Roger Chou, CNA
August 12, 2009, 3:09 pm TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Users of PTT, a terminal-based bulletin board system (BBS) based in Taiwan, have launched a fund raising drive that has already provided relief supplies such as food and clean water for people living in areas hard-hit by Typhoon Morakot.
PTT, the largest BBS in the country with more than 1.5 million registered users, said it will request more help from its users and coordinate its relief efforts with local charity organizations such as World Vision and the Tzu Chi Foundation.
"We raised more than NT$100,000 (US$3,041) in one hour and purchased relief supplies online," said Liao Chi-cheng, the initiator of the "PTT users disaster relief team."
Liao added that relief supplies, including food, water, rain shoes, sleeping bags and bleach, have been delivered to Pingtung County by online suppliers and will be distributed by World Vision.
"When those online suppliers realized the orders were for typhoon victims, they also made donations immediately, " Liao said.
Some PTT users in Kaohsiung are cooperating with Tzu Chi and the Kaohsiung County government and joining their volunteer teams, Liao said.
He continues to appeal for more relief supplies and volunteers and said he welcomed anybody who wants to make a donation or become volunteers to visit the PTT donation station at Taipei's Liberty Square Wednesday night.