Students pose at their fundraising booth on campus. Photo: Chung Yuan Christian University

Indonesian students studying at a private university in Taoyuan, Taiwan, joined hands with the office of student affairs to raise more than NT$160,000 (US$5,166) for victims of the earthquake and tsunami that recently struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

The 7.5-magnitude earthquake, followed by a three-meter-tall tsunami, hit the Indonesian island on September 28, claiming more than 2,000 lives and making more than 300,000 survivors homeless, The Real Daily reported.

Indonesian foreign students from Chung Yuan Christian University in Zhongli District of Taoyuan City approached the school’s office of student affairs for approval to set up a fundraising booth on campus.

The principal Zhang Guang-Zheng gave the green light immediately and made a personal donation of NT$20,000 (US$646) as a mark of his support.

Sarah Mariska, a master’s student in Environmental Engineering who was the initiator of the fundraising campaign, said she originally only thought of asking for support from her own class.

However she and her fellow-Indonesian classmates were deeply moved by such a strong wave of support from the school and from their Taiwanese fellow students when they agreed to take the campaign campus-wide.

In three days they were able to collect more than NT$160,000 (US$5,166), which will be handed over to Indonesia’s largest humanitarian body Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) to help in the rebuilding of homes and livelihoods in post-earthquake Sulawesi.