Speech by Fo-Ching Lu, President of Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation
Vancouver, BC – Greetings to Master Lian Tzi, True Buddha School (TBS) dharma brothers and sisters and special guests. I am honored to be here today to accept Lotus Light Charity Society’s (LLCS) contribution to Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation. The Foundation is truly grateful to be able to rely on the support of LLCS and True Buddha News in advancing its mission of promoting quality health and education for all.
Although the Foundation is still in its infancy, this year, nearly $47,000 US dollars were raised and donated for disaster relief work after Typhoon Morokat devastated Taiwan. Next year, as we enter our first official grant-making cycle, we look forward to making a difference on health and education issues particularly in minority and low income communities.
Despite all the riches of industrialized nations and technological advances that exist today, there is still a lot of work to be done. 75 million children around the world are not in school and due to lack of access to proper health care, each year, over half a million women in the world die from childbirth. Millions of children also die from preventable and treatable illnesses every year. So let’s all roll up our sleeves and join in the fight!
I look forward to a long and sustaining partnership with LLCS, True Buddha News and the global TBS community. Together, we can channel our combined power and resources to improve countless lives around the world.
I wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season! Thank you. Om a mi padme hom.