Taiwan businesses and groups make donations to water park burn victims

Taiwan businesses and groups make donations to water park burn victims
A person helps an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, June 27, 2015.
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TAIPEI - The June 27 coloured-dust explosion has led to an outpouring of donations from Taiwanese firms and other organisations. On June 27, coloured dust ignited at a ColorPlay Asia event at the Formosa Fun Coast water park, inflicting burns on hundreds of participants.

Members of Taiwan's tourism industry have donated over NT$3 million (S$130,000) to support the victims, the Transportation Ministry's Tourism Bureau reported.

Hotai Development Co. Ltd., the Taiwan distributor of Daikin air conditioning solutions, said it has donated units valued at over NT$10 million to the families of severe burn victims, whose skin can no longer regulate heat.

Hey Song Corporation and Yulon Group have donated NT$2 million and NT$10 million, respectively, to New Taipei City Government to support the victims' rehabilitation.

See Taiwan Foundation has donated NT$5 million to the Taiwan Union of Nurses Association to support nurses, who have provided round-the-clock care.

Taiwan Textile Research Institute and CoreLeader Biotech have donated 6,000 pieces of alginate non-woven wound dressings, a bio-material that holds moisture and promotes healing.

Taiwan's Council of Indigenous Peoples said it has visited Aboriginal youth injured in the incident to provide economic assistance and other support. It has also established a task force that will make it easier for victims to identify and access medical, legal and social resources.

Meanwhile, PCA Life Assurance Co., Cathay Financial Holdings and Fubon Financial are providing proactive co-operation or expedited processing to victims claiming insurance payments.

In the wake of the explosion, members of the public have also rushed to donate. The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation, which said it received a surplus of blood, has requested that the public wait to donate because blood has an expiration date.

A donation drive, slated for July 17 outside the Tayih Landis Hotel in Greater Tainan, will offer 400 meal vouchers or coupons on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.tayihlandis.com.tw.

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