Fund raising to reopen HK bookstore in Taiwan beats target

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/11/05
By: Shen Peng-ta and Elizabeth Hsu

Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Hong Kong resident Lam Wing-kee (林榮基) raised nearly NT$6 million

Lam Wing-kee (林榮基) / CNA file photo

(US$197,600) through an online fundraising website in a two-month period to fund his plan to reopen Causeway Bay Books in Taiwan, more than double the original target.

Lam's original goal when he launched the fundraising event titled "Causeway Bay Books – Reopen in Taiwan – Open for Free Souls," on the online fundraising platform flyingv on Sept. 5, was NT$2.8 million.

When the campaign ended on Nov. 4, a total of NT$5.97 million had been raised from 2,900 donors, related data shows.

Lam told CNA Tuesday that he has found an ideal location for the bookstore and the rent is fair. However, he needs time and money to remodel, he said, noting that the fundraising contract requires he open the bookstore within a month of fundraising ending.    [FULL  STORY]

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