Virus Outbreak: Continue donating, lawmakers say

Taipei Times
Date:  May 01, 2020
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

From left, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators Chang Yu-mei, Hsu Chih-jung, Chiang Wan-an, Wu Sz-huai and Liao Wan-ju attend a news conference at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislators yesterday encouraged the public not to stop donating to charities, as even small sums could save groups facing difficulty raising funds amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is not an issue of being charitable,” KMT Legislator Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) said. “Whether these organizations survive can spell life or death for the disadvantaged people they care for.”

The pandemic is also affecting fundraising for social welfare and eating into funds for standing outreach, said Chang Hsueh-heng (張學恆), founder of a watchdog for the rights of those with mental and physical disabilities.

The government should give a six-month subsidy, help people willing to work for certain organizations and give subsidies to volunteers, Chang said.    [FULL  STORY]

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