To encourage the disabled to come out, Social Affairs Bureau of Taichung City Government and Taichung City Real Estate Alliance co-organized a series of activities for the International Day of Disabled Persons at the Plaza of the New Taichung City Hall on November 24. A total of 220 stalls attracted more than 6,000 people to the scene. Tsai Bing-kun (蔡炳坤), Deputy Mayor of Taichung City, said that December 3 is the International day of Disabled Persons; upholding the concept of "One Two Three” the city government hopes to build a friendly guardian city for the disadvantaged.
Deputy Mayor Tsai said that the reason why Social Affairs Bureau set December 3 as the International Day of Disabled Persons is that December 3 can be written down as 123, which represents that our care for the disabled has one feature, two focal points, and three principles. “The one feature is that Taichung City owns 216 Rehabuses, the most numerous among all the cities and counties in Taiwan, and we will increase two very soon. The two focal points are we vow to create a comfortable employment environment for the physically disabled and make them live safely in the city,” added Tsai.
Deputy Mayor Tsai pointed out further that the three principles are respect, equality and protection of the rights of the physically disabled. “I am very grateful to the social welfare groups and the Taichung City Real Estate Alliance (臺中市不動產聯盟) for their enthusiastic participation in taking care of our disabled. I would like to express my special thanks to Taichung City Real Estate Alliance for purchasing event tickets worth NT$500,000 and will donate the surplus to the public interest groups. I hope more people will follow suit to care for the disadvantaged," continued Tsai.
Lin Ya-xuan (林亞璇), event spokesperson and sixth-place winner in Powerlifting Competition in London 2012 Paralympic Games, said that she was very proud of being a Taichung citizens. “I have never left Taichung even though other cities and counties offer better welfare. I love Taichung because it is very comfortable, care-free and full of sunlight. I hope to represent Taichung City to win more medals in the future,” added Lin. In response, Deputy Mayor Tsai said that the city government shall work hard to budget good bonus for the athletes.