Citi vol­un­teers show love on Global Com­mu­nity Day

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Since Tai­wan’s de­mo­graphic has changed in re­cent years with the pop­u­la­tion aging, care for the el­derly has be­come a ma­jor hu­man­i­tar­ian task for so­ci­ety. As part of Citi Tai­wan’s an­nual Global Com­mu­nity Day (GCD), the com­pany held a “Lov­ing the El­derly, Walk­ing and Hav­ing Fun To­gether” ac­tiv­ity at Taipei Expo Park, on June 13. The event in­volved 300 el­derly peo­ple who live on their own and are cared for by the Huashan So­cial Wel­fare Foun­da­tion. Citi vol­un­teers or­ga­nized six games for the el­derly to en­joy a day of fun out­doors.

Spread love around Tai­wan through

the GCD ini­tia­tive

This is the 10th con­sec­u­tive year that Citi Group has held GCD ac­tiv­i­ties. This year, in 93 coun­tries around the world, over 75,000 Citi vol­un­teers took part in more than 1,200 events to show Citi’s pas­sion for con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity. In Tai­wan, this year’s theme was “Cul­ti­vate Land, Farm and Life” to ad­dress wide­spread con­cerns about food safety and in­clude eight events na­tion­wide over three weeks that in­volved more than 2,000 vol­un­teers.

Citibank Tai­wan Chair­man Vic­tor Kuan said, “There have been a num­ber of food safety is­sues in Tai­wan in re­cent years, which makes us re­al­ize that we can only eat with­out worry if the sourced in­gre­di­ents are nat­u­ral and non-toxic. The root cause of the prob­lem lies in the fact that just 0.5% of Tai­wan’s agri­cul­tural land is or­gan­i­cally farmed. To help rem­edy such a sit­u­a­tion, we hope to cre­ate a vir­tu­ous cy­cle of en­vi­ron­ment, food and peo­ple. We in­tend to sup­port farm­ers who in­sist on eco-friendly farm­ing so as to re­store the beau­ti­ful land of Tai­wan.”

June 13: A fun sports day tai­lored

made for the el­derly

“Lov­ing the El­derly, Walk­ing and Hav­ing Fun To­gether” was Citi Tai­wan’s main event of this year’s GCD. Citi staff de­signed a se­ries of fun-filled out­door games for 300 el­derly peo­ple who live alone in the Greater Taipei and Keelung ar­eas. Citi or­ga­nized a fun sports day so that the el­derly could en­joy the sun, do light ex­er­cise and feel the warmth of be­ing cared for by the com­mu­nity.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Chair­man Kuan, Pres­i­dent Christie Chang and nu­mer­ous Citi vol­un­teers, se­nior cit­i­zens had a great time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the games, which in­cluded night mar­ket fa­vorites such as throw­ing bas­ket­balls and fish­ing for bot­tles. They en­joyed show­ing off their skills and won a va­ri­ety of gifts that pleased and amused them.

June 13: A day out with dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als in Ping­tung and Chi­ayi

Citi vol­un­teers also showed their love for peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties in Ping­tung and Chi­ayi coun­ties. In Ping­tung, Yunny Lee, Global Con­sumer Bank­ing Coun­try Busi­ness Manager, led more than 120 vol­un­teers to Ping­tung Chris­tian Bethany Home (PCBH). They helped the dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als, aged from 7 to 50, plant or­ganic fruits and feed farm an­i­mals, while mak­ing use of their bank­ing and mar­ket­ing ex­per­tise to pro­mote PCBH’s “Bas­ket of Hope” project. This in­volves at­tract­ing more con­sumers to or­der the veg­eta­bles planted by the PCBH res­i­dents, which are grown with­out pes­ti­cides and chem­i­cal fer­til­izer.

Although more used to pro­duc­ing spread­sheets sit­ting at a com­puter, Citi staffers en­er­get­i­cally helped out on the farm. De­spite the sun beat­ing down in south­ern Tai­wan, Citi vol­un­teers de­voted a great deal of ef­fort to pick corn and bamboo shoots. In ad­di­tion, they helped har­vest straw and feed the farm an­i­mals. Many of the chil­dren milked goats for the very first time and de­spite the mess this oc­ca­sion­ally caused, their par­tic­i­pa­tion and laugh­ter cre­ated a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere.

In Chi­ayi, Citi vol­un­teers vis­ited Min­dao Home to help those with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties to plant seedlings on an or­ganic farm and pro­duce or­ganic mos­quito re­pel­lent.

May 30 and June 6: Four events to sup­port eco-friendly farm­ing and

pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment

In ad­di­tion, Citi vol­un­teers trav­eled deep into the coun­try­side to help or­ganic farm­ers with their en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly work. Th­ese vil­lage farm­ers in­sist on adopt­ing non-toxic farm­ing meth­ods to heal the land, as well as weed­ing by hand in­stead of spray­ing in­sec­ti­cides.

In­creas­ing ur­ban­iza­tion, spray­ing her­bi­cides and spread­ing chem­i­cal fer­til­iz­ers have dam­aged the eco-sys­tem. To turn the tide, vol­un­teers helped the Song­shan com­mu­nity in Taipei im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment by restor­ing ter­raced fields and plant­ing tea trees, which cre­ates a firm foun­da­tion for or­ganic farm­ing in the fu­ture.

On Basian Moun­tain, cen­tral Tai­wan, 125 Citi vol­un­teers man­u­ally re­moved 458 kilo­grams of in­va­sive alien species, thereby re­duc­ing the threat to the eco-sys­tem. Citi vol­un­teers of all ages and gen­ders am­ply demon­strated the GCD spirit through their ded­i­cated work. Co-or­ga­niz­ers were re­ally moved by such ded­i­ca­tion and public spirit­ed­ness.

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