Resident Chinese Ambassador Ou Boqian donated $2164.5EC to Lisa Charles, the lady in charge of Belair Home from the proceeds of the Chinese Lantern Festival Fair held Saturday at the Camerhogne Park at Grand Anse in the south of the island.
Charles expressed her thanks and gratitude to Ambassador Ou and the Chinese embassy for their kind consideration for the children in Belair Home.
The festival marked the end of the old year and the start of the new Chinese Lunar year.
In brief remarks made at the start of the fair, Ambassador Ou made it clear that the event should be seen as “a charity activity” as all the funds raised from the sale of the Chinese products on display would go towards improving the living standard of those living at the home.
“Hope you enjoy the Chinese culture and also the demonstration of your love by contributing” generously to the initiative, the Chinese diplomat told the event attended by a host of government officials.
The list included Heath Minister Clarice Modeste-Curwen, Tourism Minister Alexandra Otway-Noel, Marietta Mitchell, wife of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, as well as Parliamentary Secretary for Culture, Senator Brenda Hood and former Governor-General, Sir Daniel Williams and Lady Williams.
The Fair received support from the Chinese enterprises in Grenada as traditional Chinese food, tea, books, rings, paintings and other art and culture were on display.
An added attraction at the fair was Chinese yangko dancing done by students of the TA Marryshow Community College (TAMCC).