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Immigrants to cycle around Taiwan to raise child abuse awareness
Central News Agency
2014-07-03 09:16 PM
Taipei, July 3 (CNA) A group of immigrants and their children will set off Friday on a bike ride that will take them on a nearly 1,000-kilometer tour around Taiwan to raise awareness for children suffering from abuse and neglect. The eight immigrants from China, Vietnam and Indonesia will take their nine children on the 12-day journey starting from the National Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei, the trip's organizer, Good Shepherd Social Welfare Services, said Thursday. The group will pedal counter-clockwise around the island, making stops at four Good Shepherd service centers in Tainan in the south and Taitung and Hualien in the east to visit children there. Supplies will also be donated to those centers by car as part of the event. One rider, a 40-year-old immigrant from Indonesia who goes by the Chinese name Hui Su-chuan, said she is bringing her 16-year-old son along on the cycling tour. "We can help others and at the same time fulfill our dreams of traveling around Taiwan," she said, adding that she hopes the trip will make her son realize how fortunate he is and learn to give. "Many immigrants have actively given back to Taiwanese society, but their deeds have not been widely reported in the past," said Ava Tsai, director of promotion and planning at Good Shepherd, which serves families with foreign spouses and shelters and supports around 1,000 abused women and children each year. Tsai said she hopes the event will raise awareness of child abuse and underscore the "precious transformation from help-receivers to help-providers" that immigrants undergo. She urged the public to donate to the cause, cheer for the cyclists and show support on Facebook. (By Christie Chen)
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