From left: Taiwan Ambassador Calvin Ho, Director of Nemo Michelle Forbes and Minister of State with responsibility for Foreign Affairs Keisal Peters at the presentation ceremony
August 27, 2021
Foundations donate two containers of relief goods

THE EMBASSY OF the Republic of China (Taiwan) has handed over two 40-foot containers of relief goods, donated by the SimplyHelp Foundation and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, to the people and government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

According to a release, the Taiwan Ambassador Calvin Ho, attended the August 10 ceremony where the containers were received by Keisal Peters, Minister of State with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

In his remark, Ambassador Ho stated that for many years, the Simply-Help Foundation has collaborated with the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in contributing relief goods for people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Following the previous donation of a 20-foot container in July, SimplyHelp partnered with the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation and donated two 40-foot containers which included more than 2,209 boxes of relief items to those affected by the volcanic eruptions and COVID-19 pandemic in SVG. It is believed that the items will definitely comfort those who are suffering.

Minister Peters expressed thanks to the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the kind-hearted Taiwan diaspora for their support ever since the volcanic eruptions. Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation Michelle Forbes, who was also present at the hand over ceremony expressed gratitude for the donations and support rendered by Taiwan for the displaced Vincentians in shelters.

This donation ceremony is part of the Embassy’s series of events in celebration of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

As both countries continue working closely in all areas of mutual co-operation, the release noted that this donation no doubt symbolises the partnership between the two countries.