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Hon Hai's Gou donates NT$10 million as relief aid for Taitung
【Society】2016-07-09  23:16:55
Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Terry Gou (郭台銘), chairman of Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海), announced Saturday to donate NT$10 million (US$309,598) as a disaster relief aid to Taitung County, which was hit hard by Typhoon Nepartak a day earlier.

Gou, one of the richest persons in Taiwan, made the pledge to the Taitung County government through the YongLin Healthcare Foundation (永齡健康基金會), a non-governmental charity group, to help the affected persons in the eastern county, the most seriously hit area in Taiwan by the typhoon. Gou is the founder of the foundation.

Gou is well known for his generosity. After a deadly earthquake hit southern Taiwan in early February which killed a total of 117 persons in Tainan, the entrepreneur doled out NT$200 million to help the tremblor's victims.

In the wake of the typhoon which caused grave damage in many school campuses in Taitung, Gou said he has been very concerned about the affected children and residents in the county.

Gou said that he expects his donation will be used for reconstructions in the county, in particular for financing the repair works in school campuses, and that his donation will inspire more people in Taiwan to pledge relief funds.

The powerful typhoon made landfall in Taitung early Friday with gust winds of up to 205 kilometers per hour, and wreaked havoc in the county.

As of noon Saturday, over 20,000 households in Taitung were still without power and close to 8,000 were without water. The total losses in Taitung have been estimated at NT$2 billion, with agricultural losses in excess of NT$600 million.

7-Eleven and FamilyMart, the two largest convenience store chains in Taiwan, joined with Gou, saying that they will work with the Taitung County government to kick off fundraising campaigns to collect relief aid for the victims in the county.

Starting from Saturday, consumers will be able to use the electronics transaction systems -- ibon and FamiPort -- in more than 5,000 outlets of the two convenience store chains to make a donation ranging between NT$100 and NT$20,000.

Also heeding the disaster suffered in Taitung, the Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) said that it will donate NT$10,000 on Sunday as emergency relief aid to each household affected by the typhoon in Taitung.

In fact, the Tzu Chi Foundation, one of the leading religious charity groups in Taiwan, has started to dole out financial assistance to the victims in Taitung on Saturday morning. In addition to the NT$10,000-NT$30,000 in relief aid to the affected households, the foundation has given living necessities, such as rice, towels, tooth brushes and toothpaste to the victims.

Politicians are also gearing up to offer financial assistance for the reconstruction work in Taitung.

The Kuomintang Party and its legislative caucus announced to donate NT$1 million and NT$600,000, respectively, to the storm victims in Taitung, while the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and its legislative caucus have each pledged NT$500,000 to take care of the victims in the county. The New Power Party's (時代力量) legislative caucus has also pledged NT$300,000.

Meanwhile, the Legislative Yuan announced to donate NT$500,000 with Legislative Yuan Speaker Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) pledging to give NT$100,000 to assist the affected in the typhoon in Taitung.

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) has also pledged NT$100,000, while other ranking officials in the city government has also announced to give their daily salaries worth more than NT$270,000 as relief aid.

For his part, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has joined the growing donation list, pledging NT$200,000. Ko has also instructed the Taipei City Government to try best to help Taitung's reconstruction work.

After Pop diva Chang Hui-mei (張惠妹), better known by the stage name A-Mei, said that she will donate NT$2 million to her hometown Taitung, rock band Mayday (五月天) and singer Jia Jia or Chi Chia-ying (紀家盈) announce to jointly donate NT$2 million. Jia Jia also came from Taitung.

(By Jalen Chung, Liu Li-jung, Wu Wan-ting, Chen Chun-hua, Chen
Chih-chung, Yang Shu-min, Chang Ming-hsuan and Frances Huang)
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