TAIPEI, Taiwan — A recent cycling event launched by a local charity to raise money to buy walking aids, wheelchairs and buses to give the disabled greater mobility has raked in a whopping NT$6.18 million (US$192,667.41).
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin; Chu Chu-hsien, wife of Vice President Vincent Siew; Deputy Minister of the Interior Lai Feng-wei; and Pan Ling-chiao, chief executive officer of the Nan Shan Life Charity Foundation greeted the 50 cyclists as they arrived in Taipei on the final leg of their Taiwan tour Wednesday. The 12-day, 1,100-km, round-the-island tour was organized by the Eden Social Welfare Foundation.
Most of the cyclists are staffers of the Nan Shan Life Insurance Co. — a local subsidiary of the American International Group Inc. (AIG), an insurance and financial services enterprise.
Nan Shan Life Insurance donated NT$3.5 million at an event hosted in the square in front of Taipei City Hall Sept. 20 to mark the start of the cycling tour. During their tour, the cyclists were warmly greeted by local government heads, businesses and individual residents, who also donated money in support of the cause.