Taiwan Tian Guo Marching Band Receives “Best Contribution” Award
(Minghui.org) The Tian Guo Marching Band in Taiwan received the “Best Contribution Award,” the highest honor at the 10th Southern Taiwan Volunteer Fun Sports Games on December 1.
To mark International Volunteer Day, the event was held at the Chungcheng Stadium in Kaohsiung. The Tian Guo Marching Band led 108 volunteer teams and over 7,000 volunteers into the venue.
“They [the Tian Guo Marching Band] have been playing from beginning to end. They are often the first to arrive and last to leave. The band is composed of upstanding citizens from various locales. They have the best energy, magic, discipline, collaboration, and stamina. They are model volunteers!” said the host of the award ceremony at the end of the conference.
“We invite the Tian Guo Marching Band each year to perform and encourage our volunteers. The Falun Gong group has been giving selflessly to our society. They are exemplary,” said Hsu Hui-Mei, Director General of the Kaohsiung Volunteer Association and former supervisor of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) National Representative Office in Taiwan.
Ms. Hsu led the leaders of hosting organizations to bow to the Tian Guo Marching Band and gave the group a thumbs up.
Hsu Hui-Mei (center holding a microphone), Director General of the Kaohsiung Volunteer Association and former supervisor of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) National Representative Office in Taiwan, took a group picture with the event staff and the Tian Guo Marching Band.
“Let's Say 'Falun Dafa Is Good' Together!”
Legislator Hsu Chih-chieh gave Falun Gong, also known as Falun Dafa, a thumbs up as well, “Falun Gong promotes health and harmony. It is a team that contributes a lot to society. We are very thankful for their volunteering spirit. Let's say, 'Falun Dafa is good,' together!”
Kaohsiung City Councilor Liu Delin said, “I see the beauty of Falun Dafa from the Tian Guo Marching Band. It is popular across the globe. We can all see the realm of Falun Gong and its contribution to society. Thank you, Falun Dafa volunteers!”
Wang Yanqin, representative of the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, thanked Falun Gong practitioners for their participation, “We are very thankful for the Falun Dafa team to take the time to join the fun sports games and support the event with their time and expertise with musical instruments. They are a very important human resource of our communities. I would like to thank them on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.”
Chuang Yue-Zhu, president of the Kaohsiung Volunteer Association, complimented the style of the marching band, “The Falun Gong Tian Guo Marching Band is magnificent and energetic. It's outstanding among the volunteer teams. They arrive first and leave after everyone has left. Thank you for staying to the very end with us! It's our honor to have you at the event.”
Kaohsiung City Councilor Wu Yi-Zheng holds the band in high esteem, “I admire the Tian Guo Marching Band's passion in participating in the Games. I hope to see Falun Gong nurturing more talent in arts and culture for society. This elevates the quality of our society and fosters more peace and harmony.”
“The Most Beautiful Scene Today”
It was the first time the Hong Kong Seagull Volunteer Group joined the event. One of their members, Mr. Li, voiced his support for the band, “Democracy and rule of law in Taiwan are so precious. Falun Gong is harassed and suppressed by pro-communist groups in Hong Kong. It's great to see that Taiwan can protect the innocent and provide an environment for them to contribute their volunteering spirit!”
Many event participants took a picture with the Tian Guo Marching Band; many said it was the most beautiful sight they saw all day.