Santa comes to Town from Republic of China (Taiwan)

Has anyone ever seen our prime minister looking this happy? With everyone joyfully joined to his red mini-Santa, perhaps the MP for Soufriere will in the spirit of the season lift the ban on Taiwanese ambassadors visiting Sulphur City! (Photo: Bill Mortley)

On Monday December 17, 2012 Care 2 Help Charitable Association (CHCA), a well-known NGO in NJ, USA presented a set of toys for Christmas to the Government and people of Saint Lucia. The donation was done through the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Ambassador James Chang and was received by Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Kenny Anthony. Donors of this charity organization come mainly from the Taiwanese American community in NJ and NY and focuses on housing, education, children and disaster relief and they have been donating toys to Saint Lucia since 2007. Incidentally, the passage of hurricane Sandy in October which affected NY and NJ also adversely affected this year’s toy drive. Still, the organization was able to collect over 800 pieces which were shipped to Saint Lucia earlier this month. Also attending the brief handing over ceremony at the official Prime Minister’s residence, Vigie, were staff of the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in St Lucia as well as the Minister of Health Alvina Reynolds, Sports Minister Sean Edwards, Social Transformation Minister Harold Dalson, Education Minister Robert Louis as well as Terencia Gaillard of the Saint Lucia Red Cross. Ambassador Chang on Monday said that it was his “great honour and pleasure,” to present the toys donated by CHCA. “Since the year 2007 the CHCA has shipped more than five thousand pieces of toys to less fortunate children here in Saint Lucia,” Chang said. He then offered a brief background into the organization before listing among the 800 pieces of toys teddy bears, racing cars, locomotives and dolls. “It is my sincere hope that this meaningful charitable activity will bring the children a happy Christmas season and go further in bringing our two people closer,” Chang ended by saying. Prime Minister Anthony in accepting the toys indicated that time and time again it has been shown that the Christmas season is a time of good cheer. “That Christmas is the season of friendship and a season of giving and receiving,” he added. “There is no better way to touch the hearts and minds than at these times and I am exceedingly happy today to receive these gifts from our now well established friends, which will bring joy to the children of Saint Lucia,” the Prime Minister went on to say. “There is none among us that require as much joy as children and if we can make the lives of our children that much better then we will allow joy to radiate throughout the length and breadth of our country and so today I am very, very honoured. “I am very pleased your Excellency to receive these special gifts on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia and I am very happy sir that your government, your country, the republic of China on Taiwan is reaching out to touch the lives of our children,” Dr Anthony said Monday. The Prime Minister went on to explain that the presence of his colleagues could be interpreted to indicate that they were very interested in those toys. “Meaning that they are very anxious that the children of their various ministries will experience the joy of those toys,” Anthony explained.

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