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NCKU supports fundraising campaign for Vietnamese student’s medical bills

Tainan, Taiwan, December 3, 2015

The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) community has responded to a fundraising campaign initiated by Vietnamese students who has been selling "banh my" sandwiches online to raise money to help a student also from Vietnam pay his medical bills. Up till now, they have received more than 7,000 pre-orders.

The campaign started on November 29 in response to the overwhelming concern expressed throughout the NCKU community over the student in need.

NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su visited the student Tuesday and again this morning before attending the press conference to call for greater attention. She said she’d like to set an example of a good deed for others to follow.

She and her staff had already ordered 1,400 sandwiches which will share with international students at NCKU.

“We have 1,400 international students from more than 70 countries in this university and each student will receive one sandwich to feel the love from the community,” said President Su.

Baboo Balan, an Indian student of Mechanical Engineering, received a sandwich from President Su at the press conference. “I’m really happy to see NCKU is willing to take care of students like this and I feel more secure now,” he said.

Nga Do, a Vietnamese student from the Department of Physics, initiated the campaign with her friend Trang Tran. “My idea of making sandwiches to collect money for our friend is from the annual Vietnamese Cultural Week. Vietnamese sandwich is one of our favorite foods,” said Do.

She also said, “More than 30 Vietnamese students are helping making the sandwiches. We are doing this in my place so the maximum amount of sandwiches we are able to produce is 800 per day.”

The sandwiches cost NT$50 each. Balan and students in the university are happy to pay the money to not only experience the flavors of Vietnam but spread goodwill.

Balan said, “In this fundraising activity, everybody is united together, not only Vietnamese students but students from India and any part of the world, international or local.”

Ottavia Huang, NCKU's researcher from Indonesia, said, "I first learned about the fundraising activity when a friend posted it on Facebook. Thinking that it might help, I shared it on 'NCKU Students Market', a Facebook community with over 20,000 students and alumni.”

“Little that I know, within a few days, the story received over 700 likes and was shared with the tag 'let's eat bread', and many students placed their orders to support the cause. It was really heartwarming to see the kindness and enthusiasm from NCKU community to help other fellow student," said Huang.

The Vietnamese student, whose surname is Nguyen, underwent an appendectomy in mid-November but suffered severe bleeding during the operation. It was later found that the bleeding was caused by a gastric ulcer, and the patient had to undergo further surgery to remove two-thirds of his stomach.

The medical bills will be over NT$400,000 since Nguyen is not included in Taiwan's National Health Insurance program, according to the university.
Provider: NCKU News
Date: 2015/12/03
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