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NSYSU IBMBA faculty, students join Kaohsiung beach cleanup
Central News Agency
2013-12-09 10:52 PM
Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) A beach cleanup event at Cijin in Greater Kaohsiung gathered almost 100 people, with most of whom being students and faculty of National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU)'s International Business MBA (IBMBA) program. The event, which took place Dec. 8 as part of an environmental awareness campaign under the name "RE-THINK," was initiated by Daniel Gruber, a freshman of NSYSU IBMBA. Led by Gruber, local students, international students, professors and employees from the university came together and devoted themselves to protecting the environment by collecting trash at the beach. Gruber, who is from Hawaii, has finished a tour of Taiwan on his bicycle in August during which he successfully mobilized about 2,000 people to help clean up more than 10 beautiful beaches around the island. The RE-THINK environmental awareness campaign has garnered the support of over 17,000 Internet users and has been covered by local media outlets such as DaAi TV, TVBS and Taipei Times. Gruber also gave several speeches on beach cleanup campaign. Gruber said he enjoys scuba diving and swimming at beaches around Taiwan and hates trash, such as plastics bags, to touch his body -- a reason he would pick them up from water and beach. He said he hopes that through their joint efforts, NSYSU IBMBA students and faculty can show their love for Taiwan. Meanwhile, Kaohsiung Medical University also demonstrated the importance it attaches to promoting environmental protection by sponsoring two screenings of the movie "Beyond Beauty - Taiwan from Above" at a local cinema for its more than 600 faculty and students in the hope of raising awareness of environmental protection. (By Chang Che-fon and Y.L. Kao)
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