Tai Chi group fundraising to help earthquake victims in China

  • Jul. 21, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Wendy Mackay, International Taoist Tai Chi Society, QCI/Haida Gwaii group-Volunteer members of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society, a registered charitable organization, will be selling corn on the cob at the Tlell Fall Fair this year. We invite you to help us raise funds to support relief efforts for the victims of the recent earthquake in Sichuan Province, China.As many people already know from the extensive media coverage of this disaster, the numbers of victims and the human suffering that has been caused is overwhelming. While this alone is reason enough to show our support, it is interesting to know that the location of this earthquake makes it particularly significant for our organization. More than 1,800 years ago, near the end of the Han Dynasty, the Celestial Master Zhang Daoling first established Taoism as an organized religious tradition in the region of today’s Sichuan.In fact, it was on Mount Qingcheng, only a few kilometres from the epicentre of the quake, where Zhang was active and where many Taoist temples were eventually established. Unfortunately, many of these temples have now been damaged, making this not only a humanitarian disaster but a cultural one as well.So, again we invite you to join us as we express our support for the people of Sichuan. As soon as possible, the International Taoist Tai Chi Society’s contribution will be presented to representatives of the Chinese government. Please visit our booth at the fair to learn more about this international fundraising effort and enjoy the corn! Check out our website: www.taoist.org for more info.

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