Mayor Ko Wen-je arrived at the Rixiang Residents’ Activity Center in Wanhua District in the morning of January 23. He joined deputy mayors Huang Shan-shan and Tsai Ping-kun at the “End-of-the-year Blessing Mobilization” charity event press conference, an event initiated by City Councilor Angela Ying and Eastern Multi-media Group Chairman Gary Wang. He presented the certificate of gratitude to the participants of the charity event.
Regarding Taipei’s social welfare program, Ko pointed out that the city government have social welfare service centers across all 12 of Taipei’s administrative districts. With social welfare covering a range of topics from children to seniors to disadvantaged citizens, the mayor noted out that “government resources are limited, but those of civil society are boundless.” These service centers conduct matchmaking to ensure that donations from the private sector make their way to those who need them the most.
During his speech, Ko talked about the charity event, saying that all he can say is “thank you” and “thank you.” When mentioning City Councilor Ying, he remarked that she continues to organize end-of-the-year charity events every year. In addition to securing over thousands of thermal clothing, the city councilor successfully convinced the e-commerce company under Eastern Multi-media Group to donate enough food ingredients for 150 sets of turkey meals. With the help of both teachers and students from Juang Jing Vocational High School, roughly 2,000 lunchboxes and a significant volume of thermal clothing will be delivered to needing families by borough chiefs starting January 21.
The students of the vocational school also expressed their gratitude for having the opportunity to take part in such a meaningful event. They thanked their teachers for providing them with instructions and advice, allowing them to complete the 2,000 lunchboxes in 3 days to help those in need.
The mayor noted that the “End-of-the-year Blessing Mobilization” demonstrated the amount of manpower required for completing an act of charity – from the initiator to donators to teachers to students to borough chiefs. He praised the joint effort for bringing warmth to Taipei through the act of love and compassion.