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Philanthropist makes cotton swab paintings to aid coma patients

Philanthropist makes cotton swab paintings to aid coma patients

2024-05-15

From his work with patients in a coma, Genesis Social Welfare Foundation founder Tsao Ching got the idea to make ink-wash paintings using cotton swabs as brushes. Now 99 years old, Tsao is holding a charity exhibition at a hot spring guesthouse in Miaoli to raise money for a medical center in Hualien, as well as one in Miaoli to care for comatose patients.

This hot spring guesthouse in Miaoli is hosting a charity exhibition. At the moment, staffers from the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation are enjoying a performance by a dance troupe from Hualien.

Lee Yu-jen
Guesthouse staffer
We’re making our small space available in the hopes of spreading the love to as many people as possible.

These landscape paintings are all by foundation creator Tsao Ching, created using only cotton swabs. He was inspired by his early work caring for coma patients, using cotton swabs to clean bedsores.

Chen Lu-jung
Foundation Miaoli branch director
He used cotton swabs to help medicate the bedsores on our coma patients. By using the swabs in this way, he made new use of his skills.

Ninety-nine-year-old Tsao has a special place in his heart for Hualien. Currently, there are over 1,000 people in a coma or with severe disabilities and only 66 staffers at the Miaoli facility. To ease the burden on their families, Tsao painted coastal landscapes to raise money.

Chen Lu-jung
Foundation Miaoli branch director
He collected a bunch of photos of the coastand used cotton swabs to daub on paint bit by bit to gradually form an image.

The money raised by the exhibition will all be donated to build a Hualien facility, as well as supplement funding for the Miaoli location.

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用棉花棒創作水墨畫! 創世基金會創辦人曹慶募款助植物人

2024-05-15

創世基金會創辦人曹慶,早年從照顧植物人的經驗中,產生靈感,能夠用棉花棒,畫出水墨畫;高齡99歲的他,最近在苗栗一間溫泉會館,舉辦一場公益畫展,為籌建花蓮分院,以及苗栗分院的日常經費募款,以照顧更多的植物人。

苗栗的這家溫泉會館舉辦公益畫展,現場還請來了花蓮在地的表演團體跳舞,邀請創世基金會的院生來觀賞。

[[溫泉會館董事長特助 李右任]]
“我們提供一點小小的場地,透過小募希望可以把這個愛,傳遞給更多的人。”

這些畫都是創世基金會創辦人曹慶,用棉花棒,畫出一幅幅意境優美的水墨畫,這是他早期照顧植物人,以棉花棒清理褥瘡,衍生出來的創作靈感。

[[創世基金會苗栗院長 陳綠蓉]]
“他就是用棉花棒,幫我們的植物人,做一些褥瘡傷口的一個換藥,那他就是用棉花棒這樣,練就了他這一身好功夫。”

高齡99歲的曹慶,有感於花蓮地區,目前有1千多名植物人及重度失能者,苗栗地區則有66位院生,為紓解這些家庭的困境,以海灣為題作畫,幫他們募款。

[[創世基金會苗栗院長 陳綠蓉]]
“他就收集了很多海灣的照片之後,也同樣的用棉花棒,一點一滴一點一滴的,把這些畫架構起來。”

公益畫展所得捐款,將全數支持花蓮建院,以及苗栗分院常年服務經費。

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