TAIWAN EMBASSY GIFTS CHRISTMAS TOYS
Well over a thousand less privileged children across the length and breadth of Saint Lucia will have a brighter than expected Christmas thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Government of Saint Lucia and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
On Thursday, in a brief ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Vigie, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency James Chang, presented 1,200 toys to Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, on behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia. The toys are donated by the Care 2 Help Charitable Association (CHCA), a Non-Governmental Organisation in New Jersey, USA.
The toys will be distributed to Members of Parliament for onward disbursement to underprivileged children in their respective constituencies. This is the 11th year that this initiative has been taken by the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Ambassador Chang says that since the programme got underway, over 7,000 toys have been presented to the children of Saint Lucia. Said Mr. Chang:
“Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, where family and friends come together like we are doing now. It is a joyous thing to know and to see children with their gifts around Christmas time. Thinking that not all children are this fortunate, the CHCA, together with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Saint Lucia have taken up the challenge to give to as many children as possible.”
For his part, Dr. Anthony expressed his deepest thanks to the Government and People of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as well as CHCA for their ongoing generosity to the children of Saint Lucia. Reflecting on what he says is his favourite time of year, Dr. Anthony said:
“I want to thank you, Ambassador, for your efforts, I want to thank again CHCA for remembering us and remembering our children at this time of year. It is true that Christmas is a season of goodwill, a season of joy. It is a season when we express the love we have for each other, it is the occasion we remember family and friends, and it is the occasion we engage in a national embrace. But for the children I know Christmas is so very special, especially the children who live in our depressed communities, our depressed areas. So I can well imagine the anxiety, the expectation of the children as the toys are made available.
“I think of what happened to Saint Lucia last year on the eve of Christmas, how many of our children suffered as a direct result of those floods, particularly the children in Bexon, the children in Vieux Fort, Laborie, Soufriere, Choiseul and to some extent Anse La Raye. They were denied a Christmas, they were denied the opportunity to celebrate, because of the events of that trough. I pray to God that we have a peaceful Christmas, that we do not go through a similar experience. But it is really inviting our children to celebrate this Christmas with even greater enthusiasm, even greater joy as a result of those events.”
Dr. Anthony also reminded the small audience of the upcoming Christmas party for children with special needs, now into its fifth consecutive year. The Prime Minister concluded his remarks by wishing the Ambassador and his staff a very Merry Christmas.
Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), HE James Chang, with Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.