TAINAN, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) community has launched a fundraising campaign initiated by a group of Vietnamese students, to help a fellow student from their hometown to pay his medical bills. Up till now, students have received more than 7,000 pre-orders by selling "banh my" sandwiches online.
The campaign started on November 29 in response to the overwhelming concern throughout the NCKU community over the student in need.
NCKU President Huey-Jen Jenny Su visited the student Tuesday and called for greater attention again this morning before attending the press conference. She expects to set an example of a good deed for others to follow.
She and her staff had already ordered 1,400 sandwiches to 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,” Su said.
Indian student of Mechanical Engineering Baboo Balan 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 noted.
Nga Do initiates 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 added, “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 noted, “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, "It was really heartwarming to see the kindness and enthusiasm from NCKU community to help other fellow student."
The medical bills will be over NT$400,000 since the Vietnamese student is not included in Taiwan's National Health Insurance program, according to the university.