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Dreams come true for people with disabilities from Penghu

2015/10/24 21:23:59

Photo courtesy of Catholic Hui-min Enlightenment Center

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) A group of people with physical or intellectual disabilities from the outlying island county of Penghu fulfilled their dreams of visiting the Presidential Office and the Taipei 101 skyscraper Saturday with the help of corporate sponsors.

The group of around 50 residents from the Catholic Hui-min Enlightenment Center took a TransAsia Airways flight to Taipei on Friday and arrangements were made for them to stay at the Fullon Hotel Taipei.

On Saturday morning, they went to the Presidential Office, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and the Taipei 101 tower.

The visitors were especially excited to be able to take Taipei 101's high-speed elevators to its observatory on the 89th floor, where they enjoyed a fantastic view of the city.

As a token of appreciation, the Catholic Hui-min Enlightenment Center presented flowers and cards to Fullon Hotel Taipei and Taipei 101 staff to thank them for helping the residents fulfill their dreams.

The residents will also visit the Shilin Main Presidential Residence and Taipei's Children Amusement Park Sunday before returning to Penghu.

The Catholic Hui-min Enlightenment Center was founded by Italian-born Father Giuseppe Didone in 1981. It is currently the only institution providing day-care services to people with physical or intellectual disabilities in Penghu.

(By Chen Chi-ching and Y.F. Low)