Linsanity Continues: Lin-spired Philanthropy Positively Benefit Disadvantaged Youths in Taiwan

( [email protected] ) Feb 29, 2012 05:22 AM EST
The strength of the “Linsanity” wave did not simply remain as mere entertainment gossips, but it sparked a philanthropic outreach to the socially disadvantaged group in Taiwan.
New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin's aunt is shown here holding the basketball autographed by Lin and was auctioned off at a final bid of 300,300 NTD or roughly $12,000. United Daily News

While Linsanity continues in the States and throughout Asia, the effects didn't merely remain as an entertainment gossip, but it led to an auction of his autographed basketball that may positively influece and change the lives of the youth in Taiwan benefitting from the fundraiser.

New York Knicks Jeremy Lin’s distant aunt, who serves as a legislative representative in Taiwan, recently auctioned a basketball that she had Lin autograph during his visit to Taiwan last August. While her initial bid was 1,000 NTD, the final bid came out to be 300,300 NTD or roughly $12,000. Together with other donations, the total fundraised was 1,500,300 NTD, all of which will be donated to a church in Changhua County, Taiwan, to help built a home for children and youths from disadvantaged homes.

Seeing how well the auction went, Lin's distant aunt donated half a million NTD and MAXXIS, the manufacturer of the basketball, donated 700,000 NTD seeing that the ball was a souvenir edition and together celebrating the success of this philanthropic event.

Lin’s distant aunt, the purchaser of the basketball, and a representative of MAXXIS tire will together go to the children and youth facility of the church in Changhua County to make the donation, where together with local churches they would show their care for children from disadvantaged homes.