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2008.1218

Heavyweights Launch "Hoping Download" to Help More Poor Students

<p>By Kevin Tang<br /> Campus Reporter</p> <p>National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) president Gou Yih-shun (郭義雄), along with several corporate and political heavyweights, expressed their support toward the Hoping Download charity campaign through a symbolic ritual today.</p> <p>The campaign, initiated by Gou and Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), was aimed at encouraging consumer vouchers recipients across the country to donate their vouchers to students who cannot afford education fees.</p> <p>&quot;The faltering of the world economy is deeply affecting our education,&rdquo; Wang said.&nbsp; &ldquo;And failure to cope with this situation could end up in disaster.&rdquo;</p> <p>Gou and the other attendees at the ceremony, including Wang and SOGO Chairwoman Huang Ching-wen (黃晴雯), took turns pedaling on bicycles which, once linked to a generator, produced enough electricity to light up 23 lights.</p> <p>Gou said that these lights symbolized guidance for the poor and disadvantaged in each of the 23 counties in Taiwan.</p> <p>&quot;These lights may be small now,&rdquo; Gou said.&nbsp; &ldquo;But with everyone&rsquo;s effort, they can shine over the whole country.&rdquo;</p> <p>When asked about the origins of the charity campaign, Gou said he was deeply inspired by his 40 years old, mentally handicapped son.&nbsp; Gou explained that whenever his son embraced him, he felt a strong love he had to pass on to all who needed it in Taiwan.</p> <p>&quot;Many are the disadvantaged in Taiwan,&rdquo; Gou said.&nbsp; &ldquo;And it is our very duty to help them.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>