Changhua promotes lottery-funded disability programs

Changhua County held a garden party on Sunday to promote the idea that the proceeds of public lotteries can be used to fund welfare programs for people with disabilities.

In conjunction with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which falls on Dec. 3, the county government sponsored a “lottery image promotion” party at Erlin High School, which was attended by County Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷), Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hung Tsung-yi (洪宗熠) and local business leaders.

Wei said the local government raises NT$700 million a year through public lotteries and the money has been used to buy two tour buses dedicated to taking people with disabilities on sightseeing trips and 72 small buses that provide up to 10,000 rides to the physically and mentally challenged per month.

County officials said in addition to transportation services, lottery proceeds have also been used to fund social aid, as well as welfare programs for children and youth, women and seniors.

The proceeds have also been used to subsidize dental bills and assistive tools for the physically challenged and sign language translation services for the deaf, they said.

At Sunday’s party, disabled groups gave performances and participants were treated to a variety of games and prize draws sponsored by local businesses and communities to help them better understand the purpose and positive impact of public lotteries.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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