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'Grandma Chen' to donate prize to Taitung hospital

TAIPEI--Taiwanese vegetable vendor and philanthropist Chen Shu-chu, who recently received a Ramon Magsaysay Award in the Philippines, said upon her return home Sunday that she will donate the prize money to a hospital in Taitung County.

She told reporters at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport that she is making a living on her own and therefore will donate the prize of US$50,000 to Mackay Memorial Hospital's Taitung branch to help improve the medical resources in the Eastern Taiwan county.

Chen is the 11th Taiwanese to receive the Ramon Magsaysay Award, which has become known as the “Nobel Prize of Asia.”

She said she was warmly welcomed by Taiwanese expatriates in Manila, which made her very happy.

As an enthusiastic vegetable vendor, Chen said, she visited traditional markets in the Philippines, which she described as similar to Taiwan's.

Chen will be received by President Ma Ying-jeou Monday and will also hand over the US$50,000 donation at a ceremony to be held at Mackay Memorial Hospital's Taipei headquarters.

1 Comment
September 3, 2012    carltanong@
Grandma Chen Shu-chu, we are proud of your good deeds with your kind and generous heart and a humble grandma.

I was inside the PICC, Pasay City with my 3g Taiwanese wife and Filipino friends witnessing you and the five other laureates being awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsasay Award.

When you were interviewed speaking through a translator, You say .....
"I don't feel like I'm a hero or a great person whatsoever because I don't feel like I've done much. I just feel like I'm still that vegetable vendor at the market"

At that point All of us have learned how humble grandma Chen is. We will always remember your humble and kind word with a BIG HEART.

We LOVE you. Grandma Chen Shu-chu. Take care. Buddha Bless U.
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