Taipei, An annual 30-hour campaign to experience hunger and to raise funds to help hungry people around the world was cut short on its first day when a handful of participants came down with the flu, according to the organizers Saturday night.
Huang Mei-chen , a senior team leader in the South Area Office of event organizer World Vision Taiwan, said four people were confirmed to be infected with the flu at about 7 p.m. Saturday, which led to the decision to stop the event in order to prevent further infections.
World Vision felt it was prudent to stop the event because there were approximately 10,000 people from all over Taiwan in attendance, Huang told CNA.
Event participants from other parts of Taiwan who needed to wait until Sunday before making their way home were given medical masks by event organizers as a precaution.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, those who stayed overnight in Kaohsiung were transported back to their towns and cities by bus, Huang said.
The campaign, which was scheduled to run from noon Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday at Kaohsiung Arena, called on participants to fast for 30 hours and make donations to help those who were suffering due to the lack of food and resources.
International activists from Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia were invited to share their experiences with the participants, and a concert had also been planned for Sunday, World Vision Taiwan said in a statement.
The organization has not yet decided if it will hold a makeup event, Huang said.
World Vision, which was established in 1950, is an international organization that helps to empower people out of destitution by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice, according to its website.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel