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Philanthropist Chen sets up US$500k hospital fund


Philanthropist Chen Shu-chu has made another major donation to charity, this time setting up a medical fund in her hometown of Taitung.


National Day in the southeastern coastal city of Taitung, and among those observing the flag-raising ceremony was Chen Shu-chu, the city’s well-loved philanthropist. Following the ceremony, Chen made a formal donation of NT$16 million (US$515,000) for a medical fund to benefit two local hospitals.


For over 50 years, Chen sold vegetables in Taitung, saving as much money as she could in order to give it away. Now 69, she retired from her vegetable stand earlier this year following an emergency operation. Of Wednesday’s donation, Chen said she had made so much money from the people of Taitung over the years, it was only right that she should give it back to help local people in need.