The Solomon Islands Embassy in Taipei (ROC) together with the Solomon Islands Students Association (SISAT) received cash donation of around SB$73,000 and boxes of brand new and second hand clothes, blankets, shoes and toys on the 18th of April from the Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) in Kaohsiung, South Taiwan.

The fundraising initiative was initiated by the Solomon Islands Students Association executive in collaboration with the Solomon Islands Embassy in Taipei following the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that triggered the devastating Tsunami on the 6th of February 2013 which claimed lives, destroyed homes, infrastructures and livelihood of villagers on Santa Cruz Island in Temotu Province.

“The success of the event yesterday was made possible by the positive response and help from KMU Staff and volunteers who responded positively to the initiative upon receiving an appeal letter from SISAT,” the student body said in a statement.

“KMU then organized a working committee to oversee the fundraising and made donation appeals to the citizens of Kaoshiung County in southern Taiwan who have responded overwhelmingly.”

Present at the handing over ceremony were; Mr. James D. Chen, Chairman of the Board of Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, Liu, MD, Ph.D., President of Kaohsiung Medical University, Wen-Ter Lai, MD, Ph. D., Superintendent of Chung-Ho Memorial, Hospital Kaohsiung Medical University, Wen-Zheng Wu, MD, Ph. D., Superintendent of Kaohsiung Municipal, Hsiao-Kang Hospital, Ming-Feng Hou MD, Ph. D., Superintendent of Kaohsiung Municipal, Ta-Tung Hospital, and KMU staff, students, volunteers and local press.

His Excellency Laurie Chan and SISAT's vice president Mr. McFadden Aoraunisaka represented the Solomon Islands community. In his speech, Ambassador Chan acknowledged, thanked and praised the effort of the KMU and the people of Kaohsiung County.

“We thank you for your support and I wish to convey the gratitude of the people and government of Solomon Islands especially the tsunami victims."

"Solomon Islands would like to thank Mr. James D. Chen, Chairman of the Board of Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital whose leadership in coordinating the appeal the Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung Municipal Hsiao-Kang Hospital and Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital made this a success,” said Ambassador Chan.

“His initiative in organizing and coordinating relief supplies for the Solomon Islands is commendable, and more so for his personal donation of US$10,000 dollars which would be put to good.

“We thank the staff of Kaohsiung medical university Hospital for all your hard work and good heart."

He also accolade the good working partnership between Kaoshiung Medical University and National Referral Hospital in Honiara as sister hospitals and looking forward for more closer cooperation.

World Vision will discharge and distribute the Relief supplies when it reaches Solomon Islands.