Taiwan Soka Association, SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong Donate Toward Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
On March 16, in response to the massive earthquake that has caused serious destruction across the Tohoku region of Japan, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) General Director Lin Chao visited Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timothy Yang Chin-Tien, to present a donation equivalent to US$126,400. TSA was the first organization to donate funds in support of the government's relief efforts to the Ministry.
Minister Yang commented that the TSA always takes the initiative to offer support in times of crisis: "The Soka Gakkai is an organization of compassion, spreading hope through a number of public service initiatives. Whenever disaster occurs, the Soka Gakkai takes immediate action. I have been deeply impressed."
On March 15, SGI-Macau donated MOP200, 000 (approximately US$25,000) to the Macau Red Cross in support of relief activities for the victims of the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan and also those affected by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake which hit Yingjiang County in China's Yunnan Province on March 10, 2011.
SGI-Macau representatives presented checks of MOP100,000 each for relief efforts in China and Japan to Va Quin, vice president of the Directive Council of the Macau Red Cross and Ambrosio Joao Manuel, secretary of the Central Council. SGI-Macau General Director Lei Loi Tak expressed his hope that these contributions would aid in the reconstruction of the two countries.
On March 16, SGI-Hong Kong also donated HK$200,000 (US$ 25,655) to the Hong Kong Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. Acting Head of International and Relief Service Betty Lau received the donation on behalf of the organization.
SGI-Hong Kong is currently accepting donations at its centers for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Japan. Singapore Soka Association, SGI-Thailand and Soka Gakkai Malaysia are also collecting donations at their centers.
[Adapted from reports from Taiwan Soka Association, SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong; photos courtesy of TSA, SGI-Macau and SGI-Hong Kong]