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Auction raises funds for hospital

Catholic university wants to build hospital for its medical department

Auction raises funds for hospital
Fu Jen Catholic University holds auction dinner to raise fund
Francis Kuo, Taipei

February 23, 2011

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Taiwan's Fu Jen Catholic University (FJU) has held a special dinner auction in a fund-raising effort to build its own hospital for its faculty of medicine . The four-hour event raised NT$35.96 million (US$1.22 million) from the sale of 20 art pieces, putting the university well on the road to achieving its NT$ 1 billion goal. FJU vice president Chiang Han-sheng told participants construction of the hospital will begin by the end of this year end and is expected to be completed in 2015. Construction costs are expected to be about NT$4 billion and the university has already raised NT$3 billion to go toward the 18-story building. The highest bid was for a hand-written menu devised by late painter and calligrapher Chang Dai-chien (Zhang Daqian, 1899-1983), which sold for more than NT$10 million. The menu is a record of what Chang liked to eat daily and what dishes he provided at banquets he threw in 1962 when he was living in Paris. About 100 people, mostly doctors, attended the event which saw the diners enjoy three dishes following recipes by Chang. Following the success of this auction, the FJU is now preparing to host another on jewelry and precious stones, which were donated by alumni, business owners and other wealthy benefactors, Chiang said. The new hospital will cover an area of 17,908 square meters and contain more than 900 beds, including 40 beds for a psychiatric ward. Jacob Kuo, director of the preparatory office for the university hospital, said the new hospital will dramatically improve the medical faculty’s capabilities. “Enrolment is increasing and the new hospital will strengthen the effectiveness of our medical training,” he said. TA13399.1642
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