台美公民建交 | 來自第一島鏈的防護面罩

Citizen Diplomacy: The Medical Face Shields from Formosan

This is a crowdfunding campaign for donating medical face shields to seven selected states in the United States. The goal is to fundraise $30,000 for a total of 13,000 pieces of face shields. An English introduction is in the second half of this page. 

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大家好,我們是FAPA (台灣人公共事務會),一個由台美人在1982年所創立的草根性國會倡議組織。FAPA華府總部與全美45個分會,長期以台美關係正常化為方向,為我們的故鄉台灣盡一份心力。今天我們計劃透過群募方式,動員台灣公民社會與台美人社群的力量,共同執行「防護面罩公民建交」活動,以協助美國對抗武漢肺炎疫情,並促進台美合作與友誼。

今年美國過得很不安穩。武漢肺炎迄今已造成將近一百五十萬人感染、八萬多人死亡,許多地方也不時傳出醫療資源不足的警訊。相對而言,台灣因為超前部署成功而有效控制疫情,出色的表現更獲得國際的廣泛讚揚與肯定。此外,台灣即時向美國在內的國際社會伸出援手,更是前所未有地大幅提升台灣的國際支持與實質地位。

美國長年為台灣的和平、安全與發展做出重要實質貢獻。作為反饋,我們台美人期望能與台灣公民社會攜手,共同來做屬於我們的「防護面罩公民建交」。

這不僅是為了提升台灣國際形象,更是向許多長年支持台灣的美國國會議員表達感謝的重要時刻。過去他們總是站在最前線支持台灣,不斷督促美國行政部門改善對台政策,促進台美雙方合作的機會。前天,205名聯邦眾議員聯名去函WHO秘書長要求讓台灣無條件參與世界衛生大會以及相關技術性會議。本月八日,參眾兩院外交委員會正副主席更一同去函給將近六十個外國駐美使館,呼籲他們加入支持台灣進入WHA的行列。下星期一時,還會有另一個來自眾議院的驚喜!

過去一年來,美國國會的友台法案數量超乎以往,內容更加廣泛,包含支持台灣參與國際組織、增進台灣對外邦交、簽訂台美自由貿易協定等議題。

如果說「口罩外交」是台灣政府對美方的支持與感謝,那透過群募的「防護面罩外交」將會是台灣公民社會以及台美人社群表達實質謝意的最好方式之一。

我們預計將與阿肯色州、德拉瓦州、佛羅里達州、馬里蘭州、俄亥俄州、愛荷華州、以及維吉尼亞州的參眾議員辦公室聯繫與協調,捐助七州醫院或地方政府共13,000個防護面罩。

考慮到捐贈物資的急迫性、並期望能更有效的利用善款,我們已向美國專門研發醫療防護設備的上市公司Alpha ProTech詢價,得到一個防護面罩2.25美元的報價。他們並將收取一次性由工廠至FAPA總部的運費$750。


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在收到面罩後,我們會在箱面貼上具有台灣意象的標誌與捐款人的名單(依照您捐款時所填寫的名字),再寄送給各州指定的醫院與地點。這部分的運費、影印費、匯費等額外支出將由FAPA負擔。

因此,您所捐贈的善款將全數用來購買面罩與$750元的寄送費,沒有其他的隱藏費用。

本次募款目標:$2.25 * 13,000 + $750 = $30,000(請注意:捐款單位為美元)

為了妥善運用您的善款,我們將執行三階段的募款活動。每個階段達成後,會將所得防護面罩分別捐助阿肯色州及佛羅里達州、德拉瓦州及馬里蘭州、俄亥俄州與維吉尼亞州與愛荷華州。


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本次募款活動預計進行一個半星期,一旦達標將立刻停止募款。活動後也將公布收據,供捐款者與社會大眾檢驗。

感謝您的熱心參與!

FAPA官方網站:https://fapa.org/wp/

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Dear All,

We are the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA). FAPA is a grassroots Congressional advocacy organization founded in 1982 by a group of Taiwanese Americans. Our DC Headquarters and the 45 Chapters have been dedicated to the normalization of US-Taiwan relations for nearly four decades.

Today, we want to further strengthen the US-Taiwan partnership by donating medical face shields to the United States of America. Believing in the power of grassroots mobilization, we count on you to join this crowdfunding campaign.

It has been a very difficult year for the United States. The Wuhan Virus has infected about 1.5 million Americans, causing over 80,000 deaths. We also learn the shortage of medical supplies around the country every once in a while. In contrast, due to Taiwan’s successful preventive measures, the “Taiwan Model” is now widely praised in the international community. Taiwan’s timely aid to countries hit hard by the pandemic has also won unprecedented international support for Taiwan.

The U.S. has contributed greatly to the peace, stability, and development of Taiwan. In return, Taiwanese Americans hope to work with the people of Taiwan to make a successful grassroots campaign to help the U.S. to fight the pandemic.

We are not doing this only for Taiwan’s international standing, but also to express gratitude to Members of the U.S. Congress. They have been in the frontline defending Taiwan and calling for positive changes in US-Taiwan relations. Two days ago, 205 Representatives issued a joint letter to WHO Director-General and calling for Taiwan’s unconditional participation as an observer. Earlier this month, the leadership of House and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee even wrote letters to nearly 60 embassies in Washington DC seeking their support for Taiwan’s observer status in the WHA. This coming Monday, there will be another surprise from the House of Representatives!

In the past year, several pieces of Taiwan-related legislation are introduced in Congress. In addition to Taiwan’s international participation, we also witness the support for the enhancement of Taiwan’s diplomatic relations and the signing of the US-Taiwan FTA.

If “Face Mask Diplomacy” is how the Taiwan Government shows its gratitude to U.S. support and friendship, then this crowdfunding campaign to donate face shields is how we — the people of Taiwan and the Taiwanese Americans — express our appreciation. 

We plan to donate 13,000 medical face shields to the hospitals or local governments of Arkansas, Florida, Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and Iowa.

We have reached out to an American company specializing in medical equipment production, Alpha ProTech. They provided us a quote of $2.25 per piece with $750 transportation costs (from the factory to FAPA Headquarters).

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Upon receiving, FAPA staff will tape Taiwan-related posters and the name of donors outside the boxes of face shields, followed by deliveries to the designated places in the seven states aforementioned. We will be responsible for this part of the transportation costs.

In other words, all of your donations will be solely used for face shield purchases and the $750 transportation costs.

Therefore, the goal of this campaign is : $2.25 x 13,000 + 750 = $30,000  

To carefully manage your contributions, we will make this a three-phase campaign. Each phase, with the sub-target of $9,000, will help these three groups of states respectively: (1) Arkansas and Florida; (2) Delaware and Maryland; and (3) Ohio, Virginia, and Iowa.

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While the donation period is set for 10 days, we will stop receiving donations once we hit the ultimate target of $30,000. Moreover, after the campaign, the receipts will also be provided for public review. 

Thank you so much for your participation and your enthusiasm!

FAPA Official Website: https://fapa.org/wp/

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 12 hrs
  • Ying Hsuan Wu 
    • $100 
    • 16 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 17 hrs
  • Yiting Chen 
    • $20 
    • 17 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 17 hrs
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Fundraising team: FAPA HQ (3)

Formosan Association for Public Affairs 
Organizer
Raised $6,572 from 99 donations
Washington, DC
Minze Chien 
Beneficiary
Cosette Chen 
Team member
Raised $40 from 2 donations
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