TAIPEI (CNA) — The Taiwan government is planning to donate 100,000 face masks to Australia, in the wake of massive bushfires that have killed at least 25 people, a huge number of animals and destroyed thousands of homes.
Joanne Ou (歐江安), spokeswoman of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), made the announcement during a regular press conference on Tuesday.
However, the types of face masks to be donated is still being discussed by the ministry and the Australian authorities, Ou said, adding that Taiwan’s government will provide assistance in accordance with Australia’s needs.
She also urged Taiwanese people to make donations to Australia to help support its government’s rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
As of Jan. 12, more than 2,200 homes had been destroyed, while at least 25 people and an estimated 1 billion animals have lost their lives in a series of bushfires that began in June 2019, according to media reports.
On Saturday, the Australian Office Taipei said in a Facebook post that Taiwan Red Cross is receiving funds on behalf of the Australian Bushfire Appeal.
The office reminded that members of the public who wants to make donations may identify the “purpose” as “Australian bushfires” to ensure the donations reach Australia.
An “Australian Bushfire Fundraiser Event” will also be held on Jan. 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the bistro bar Little Creatures Taipei in Daan District to support the ongoing recovery efforts.