Taiwanese Rotary helps local club fight pandemic

The Mercury News
Date: April 18, 2020
By: Anne Gelhaus

Members of the Rotary Club of Cupertino deliver protective masks to the Cupertino Union School District offices. The masks were donated by the local Rotary club’s sister organization in Taiwan. (Photo courtesy of Rotary Club of Cupertino)

Four years after Cupertino Rotarians came to the aid of their sister organization in Taiwan, the Rotary Club of Kaohsiung West is returning the favor by helping stop the spread of the coronavirus in the South Bay.

In 2016 members of the Rotary Club of Cupertino traveled to Kaohsiung to see the devastation wrought by typhoon Morakot, which hit the rural mountain region of Taiwan in 2009.  The local Rotarians helped build computer network facilities for an elementary school in Kaohsiung County, as well as a large water storage tank to serve residents there.

“Now four years later, it is Cupertino that has an urgent need with the shortage of masks for our first responders and other service providers,” said Orrin Mahoney, past president of Cupertino Rotary. “Thanks to the connection formed years ago, the president elect, Joseph Liao, from the Kaohsiung West Club obtained 4,000 masks and donated them to the Cupertino Rotary Club for local distribution.”

As of April 12, Cupertino Rotary had delivered the protective masks to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, Sunnyview Retirement Community in Cupertino, the Cupertino Union School District, Fremont Union High School District and El Camino Hospital.    [FULL  STORY]

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