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Anonymous donors give NT$70 million to charity in New Taipei
Central News Agency
2014-01-07 10:37 PM
Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) A group of anonymous donors has given NT$70 million (US$2.3 million) over four years to the New Taipei government to help socially disadvantaged people living in the city, Mayor Eric Chu revealed Tuesday. "My good friend `Anonymous' donated NT$20 million this year," Chu said while hosting a city administration meeting. In total, "Anonymous" has donated NT$70 million to the city government since Chu took office Dec. 25, 2010, according to the mayor. The money has benefited more than 40,000 people, the mayor said, expressing gratitude to those who have offered their financial support for the city government's social welfare policies. Chu pointed out that New Taipei -- the largest of Taiwan's special municipalities in terms of population -- has received cash donations to the tune of NT$450 million over the past three-plus years. Thanks to these funds, the city has not needed to spend any public funds in the implementation of its nine social welfare programs that provide care for socially disadvantaged people, seniors and children from high-risk families, Chu said. For example, he noted, the NT$20 million donated by "Anonymous" this year will allow the city to provide care for more than 10,000 people in need. According to the city's Social Welfare Department, the anonymous philanthropy began in 2011, with donations of NT$10 million. In 2012 and 2013, the donations amounted to NT$20 million each year. In a statement delivered along with the latest donation, "Anonymous" said the group is made up of small- and medium-sized enterprises with limited resources. Touched by the city government's devotion to social welfare affairs, however, they want to help "in a concrete way," the statement said. "`Anonymous' wants to help the most people in need in the most efficient way," the statement added. (By Wang Hong-kuo, Sunrise Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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