Taipei--Nearly 20,000 people in three cities in Taiwan ended a 30-hour hunger campaign Sunday night and chipped in nearly NT$1 million in donations to help the needy both at home and abroad.
World Vision Taiwan, which sponsored the 28th 30 Hour Famine Hero Rally in Kaohsiung, Changhua and Hualien, said participants were divided into small groups for a variety of activities aimed at increasing knowledge about poor and war-torn countries around the world.
Participants also were encouraged to write letters of encouragement to refugee children overseas and those of at-risk families in Taiwan, World Vision said.
During the 30-hour campaign, a documentary film about Syrian refugees was screened in which Kinan Diab, a Syrian currently working as an interpreter in Turkey, urged the rally to do whatever they can for refugee children.
In the film, three children talked about how they lost their father and mother during conflicts and how they have escaped to safety.
They don't have any guardians now and the 11-year-old eldest brother must back up this broken family -- this is how a war looks like, Kinan said.
Thanks to donations from 30 Hour Famine Hero Rally in Taiwan, the three Syrian children were able to survive a harsh winter last year, Kinan said, thanking Taiwanese for their love and kindness.
By the end of this year's rally in the three cities, a total of NT$944,035 (US$31,185) were collected for World Vision Taiwan's relief efforts both at home and abroad.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council