By Tsou, Fang-ting(鄒芳婷)
“Christmas Charity Road Running” was held on tenth December with over 4,000 people participating. All proceeds from these activities would be donated to ”Kid’s Bookhouse”（孩子的書屋）.
The event was held by Advanced Development Association （台北建築世代會）and Kid’s Bookhouse, with many business co-sponsoring. The opening is a drum performance by children from Kid’s Bookhouse and they won the fourth place at a major drumming competition “鼓藝薪傳大賽” last year . Sean Chen（陳信安）, who is a retired but famous basketball player, was an ambassador of Christmas Charity Road Running. Many families joined the road running, one of whose purposes was to spread love and company.
Chen, Chun-lang （陳俊朗） is the founder of Kid’s Bookhouse. When he returned to his hometown, Taitung, he found that many children lacked company and some of them wandered in the community. He started to company children by helping them do homework and teach them music. As time went on, some people had same faith and created more Bookhouses in separate community to help the needy children.
Kid’s Bookhouse made a lot of efforts to improve society. To create more jobs, they learned and taught parents how to plant non-toxic crops so that parents could earn money in the hometown and take care of their children. The organization also holds meaningful activities to let kids join, for example, tours of biking or kayaking around Taiwan.
The Advanced Development Association said that they would hold Christmas Charity Road Running every Christmas to let more people participate in charity work, not just sharing love but also maintaining good health.