By News Zealand Relief Team (Originally in English)
Following the destructive earthquakes that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February and June 2011, Supreme Master Ching Hai contributed an additional NZD 10,000 for purchasing vegan food for the affected canine friends after providing US$35,000 to assist the displaced people (refer to Magazine#209 for details). In the next 18 months until December 2012, our local Association members distributed Amì dog food to many non-killing dog and animal shelters throughout the country. Amì is a recognized and popular choice of vegan pet food imported from Italy. We also used this opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits of a vegan diet for animals and humans alike.
With the kind and professional assistance from an importer of the Amì brand, who ensured each shipment and delivery was carried out effectively, our Association members were able to distribute a total of 49 bags of dog food weighing 15 kilograms each to eight different animal shelters. Much of the transportation fees were paid for by our Association members and some were kindly supported by the importer in appreciation of Master’s bountiful gift. In this process, we have learned much about the love, dedication and tireless commitment of caring individuals who are working quietly in animal shelters around New Zealand.
Expressing deep appreciation, many shelters wrote thank-you letters to Master. Animal Re-homing posted their gratefulness to Master in their newsflash and recommended Loving Hut to their readers. Loving Hut is an international family of vegan restaurants inspired by Supreme Master Ching Hai’s caring vision to offer delicious and affordable vegan fare worldwide.
We pray that all dog friends in New Zealand have healthy futures filled with days of happiness and love.
Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai for Vegan Food for Canine Friends in New Zealand
|49 bags of AMI vegan dog food weighing 15 kilograms each distributed to HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) Animal Sanctuary, Animal Re-homing, Dogwatch Sanctuary Trust, Gentle World Veganic Paradise, The Animal Sanctuary, The Black Sheep Animal Sanctuary, The Nelson ARK, and Hutt animal shelter foster caregiver Tania Bermudez||$15,000||A ~ E|
|Total|| NZD 9,995