CORONAVIRUS/Church hands out masks to migrant fishermen after receiving donation

Focus Taiwan
Date: 05/02/2020
By: William Yen

Photo courtesy of Father Gioan Tran Van Thiet of Taipei’s Saint Christopher’s Church

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Saint Christopher's Church in Taipei distributed hundreds of medical face masks to migrant fishermen in Yilan fishing ports on Saturday after receiving a donation from Taiwan's foreign ministry, according to an assistant parish priest.

Volunteers and priests from the church handed out 600 masks and about 40 small bottles of hand sanitizer to migrant fishermen in the county's major fishing port of Nanfang'ao and nearby Wushi Harbor, Father Gioan Tran Van Thiet told the Central News Agency that day.

Photo courtesy of Father Gioan Tran Van Thiet of Taipei's Saint Christopher's Church

The masks and hand sanitizer were part of a donation of 3,000 masks and 11 one-liter hand sanitizer bottles from Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) given to Stella Maris chaplains and coordinators in the country that serve migrant fishermen, Thiet said.

"Taiwan can help, which means no one is excluded. That means even migrant workers in the fishing industry, who are usually sidelined from mainstream society, receive support from MOFA," Thiet said.

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