Stu­dents raise 500 eu­ros for Orchid Is. in Hol­land

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A group of for­eign stu­dents in the Nether­lands, led by a young woman from Tai­wan, re­cently raised 500 eu­ros for ed­u­ca­tion on Orchid Is­land, by cy­cling around South­ern Nether­lands.

“It is not much, but it shows how much we care,” said Yang Ching-wen ( ), who is study­ing an MBA at Eras­mus Univer­sity in Rot­ter­dam and or­ga­nized the July 30-31 cy­cling event that took par­tic­i­pants to The Hague, Delft, Lei­den and Gouda.

“The idea oc­curred to me af­ter I read an ar­ti­cle about ed­u­ca­tion on Orchid Is­land sent to me by a friend online,” ex­plained Yang, who also vis­ited the is­land to the south­east of Tai­wan proper.

Mo­ti­vated to help coun­try­men in need, Yang asked eight of her class­mates from Ja­pan, South Korea, Brazil, In­dia, Bo­livia, Peru and Hol­land to make the jour­ney with her af­ter the school se­mes­ter ended.

“Although it rained hard dur­ing the 85km jour­ney, we en­dured and raised 500 eu­ros,” said Yang, not­ing that most of the money raised was given by school teach­ers and Tai­wanese in Hol­land.

“We will do­nate the funds to the Lan En Cul­tural & Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion (

) on Orchid Is­land to help with the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion there, she added.

“It is not a lot of money, but we wanted to do our share and make some con­tri­bu­tion to de­vel­op­ment in re­mote ar­eas of Tai­wan,” Yang said.

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