By Katherine Wei, The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Chinatrust Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) yesterday announced its collaboration with the China National Committee for the Wellbeing of the Youth (CNCWY, 中國關心下一代委員會) and mainland China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs’ Foundation for the Next Generation (中國社會福利基金會關心下一代基金) in establishing education demonstration zones in mainland China. Known for its annual “Light Up a Light” fundraisers and programs with an aim to fight poverty in disadvantaged Taiwanese families, Chinatrust will be expanding its charity programs to the other side of the Taiwan Strait, looking to improve the educational resources for children living in China’s less-developed regions. The three organizations aim to establish 30 demonstration zones in China over the next six years, not only to improve the environment of local schools in impoverished areas, but also to raise the standards of teachers employed at the targeted institutions. Ku Hsiu-lien (顧秀蓮), head of the CNCWY, presented Chinatrust Chairman Jeffrey Koo Jr. with a “Special Contribution Award,”acknowledging his past efforts in assisting disadvantaged children and families. The two Chinese organizations held a charity fundraiser last Wednesday, with Chinatrust Vice Chairman Thomas KS Chen (陳國世), Kuomintang Vice Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤), soccer star Luis Figo and former Real Madrid team members attending.
Hmong (苗族) children from Fenghuang County, Hunan Province performed traditional tribal dances at the fundraiser to express their gratitude to the CNCWY and the Foundation for the Next Generation. Chen bid for Chinese artist Chen Guang-wen’s (陳廣文) painting on Koo’s behalf in the hope of encouraging the guests to begin bidding in order to help Chinese students in need. “I hope the Real Madrid team members will be able to travel to China in the future and give free soccer lessons for the disadvantaged students,” said Chen.