The Group was joined by the Representative of Taipei Liaison Office in South Africa, Mr Michael PY Hsu, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Councillors Enisa, Abby and Patrick. Councillor Patrick Mashiane was also the programme director for the event.
Speaking at the event, Mr Huang, one of the benefactors, said that the group was assisting the people of Coronation Park because of their need, and that all people were equally created, that underneath our skin, we were all of the same colour.
Another benefactor of Nan Hua Temple and the winter donations, Mrs Sherry Chen, said that she hoped that the humble donation would make a difference, even if it’s a small one, to the people of Coronation Park.
Mentor of Nan Hua Temple, Venerable Master Yi Chun, said in her speech that the monks, nuns, staff, volunteers and various benefactors of Nan Hua Temple, were there to try and make a difference in the informal settlement residents lives and that the donations were given from the heart and with love.
Venerable Yi Chun, together with Ven Jue Kai, led the group of beneficiaries into song, chanting Amituofo to the theme of the ‘happy birthday’ song. The councillors assisted in leading the chant, and all joined in, from small children to the old and frail.
The donation parcels consisted of rice, maize meal, sugar, cooking oil, blankets, warm clothes and shoes.
The Temple would like to thank the Councillors Enisa, Abby and Patrick; the Representative of Taipei Liaison Office in South Africa, Mr Michael PY Hsu; the benefactors, Mr Huang and Mrs Sherry Chen; and the BLIA members, volunteers and chair persons.