By Economic Daily News, Formosa /March 1, 2016 /Tsai Ying-Ching (Translation by The Supreme Master Ching Hai News Magazine)
On February 26, the New Taipei City Government held an awards ceremony entitled “Embrace Hope, Hold on to Happiness.” The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association was given the Public Service Award for its long term contribution to helping citizens most in need.
To assist the disadvantaged people, in 2011, the New Taipei City Government launched a charity campaign called “Happy House Banks,” with the support of individuals and groups from all walks of life. By the end of December 2015, the campaign had raised a total of over TWD 810 million in cash and supplies to help 1.24 million people in need.
In order to express thanks for the support from businesses, religious organizations, NGOs and individuals, the New Taipei City Government hosted an awards ceremony entitled “Embrace Hope, Hold On to Happiness” on February 26 in the City Hall. More than 300 NGOs, enterprises and individuals were invited to attend the event. The Deputy Mayor, Mr. Chen Shen-Hsien, personally issued certificates of appreciation to the kind-hearted organizations and individuals. The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association was given the Public Service Award for its long-term contribution to helping citizens most in need. The award was accepted by the chairman of the Association.
Inspired by the compassion of the spiritual teacher Supreme Master Ching Hai, The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association has been conducting relief efforts in all parts of the world. Over the years, the Association has been quietly taking care of the homeless in Formosa, giving material and spiritual support. The Association has also been giving cash assistance to shelters for stray animals, so that the “furry children” can be taken care of humanely.