Students raise 500 euros for Orchid Is. in Holland
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.