To assist the disabled children or children in need of wheelchairs, the Taiwan District of Kiwanis International (國際同濟會台灣總會) and Taiwan Kiwanis Children's Fund (台灣同濟兒童基金會) donated an "exclusive service vehicle for vulnerable children" to the Taichung City Government on August 18. Mayor Lin Chia-lung received the donation.
Taichung City Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center (台中市家庭暴力及性侵害防治中心) held a news conference for the donation ceremony, in which Mayor Lin accepted the exclusive service vehicle for vulnerable children and conferred a certificate of appreciation to Zhuang Gui-sheng (莊貴盛), Chairman of Taiwan Kiwanis Children's Fund and President of Taiwan District of Kiwanis International.
Mayor Lin said, "Taiwan Kiwanis Children's Fund and Taiwan District of Kiwanis International are so kind to donate a tailor-made high-top Zhonghua Super Delica (中華得利卡), an exclusive service rehab vehicle for the disabled children or children in need of wheelchairs. I would like to express gratitude on behalf of Taichung citizens, especially those vulnerable children.
“This vehicle donation is very significant,” Mayor Lin continued. “According to the statistics of Social Affairs Bureau, there were 1, 421 child abuse cases in Taichung City last year. Among them, 189 cases were related to persons with disabilities, accounting for 13%. As they are the most vulnerable among the vulnerable, I feel this donation by Kiwanis is very meaningful in that Kiwanis shows the rare and precious care for the vulnerable children, and the vulnerable children can now take the rehab vehicle to the sheltering homes, the medical institutes or the law court to avoid strange looks from other people.
"Care for children is the first step to show concern to our community," Mayor Lin said. “Children badly hurt may not be able to get rid of psychological shadows and trauma for the rest of their life. They may not be able to adapt to the society and may even become criminals. Therefore, we at the city government have launched a number of children-related policies, including the end-to-end childcare program and various welfare programs for the socially vulnerable. However, we cannot take care of everyone, and I hope more non-governmental organizations and institutions can join us to help in this regard and spread love to every corner.”
Taichung City Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Center also pointed out that child a buse cases have been growing rapidly in recent years, resulting in a great demand for rehab vehicles. “We hope that the donation today can encourage more private businesses to show their care for the disadvantaged and Taichung will become a happy city without violence,” said an officer from the Center.