On the morning of Saturday 16th May, 2015, Ambassador Minute Alapati Taupo, Madame Seleta Kapua Taupo, and staff from the Embassy of Tuvalu traveled to Dengkong Elementary School in Taiwan’s New Taipei City to attend the school’s Charity Drive for Tuvalu.
Earlier this year, members of the Grade 6 class at Dengkong Elementary School studied the environmental crisis threatening Tuvalu due to the effects of Tropical Cyclone Pam and climate change, and consequently decided to collect charitable contributions to help Tuvalu overcome this crisis. The Grade 6 class further determined that the 16th May, 2015 Dengkong School Carnival would be the perfect venue at which to raise funds for Tuvalu. Currently, students hope that funds raised during the charity drive will be used to purchase food, water, bedding, and clothing for Tuvaluan citizens displaced during Tropical Cyclone Pam.
During Saturday’s Charity Drive, Ambassador Taupo was extremely moved by Dengkong’s fundraising event and subsequently presented both Dengkong Elementary School Principal Mr. Zhang, Rong Hui and Student Union President Miss Yang Zhihan with traditional Tuvaluan necklaces to show his appreciation for the extraordinary efforts made by Dengkong students on behalf of Tuvalu.
Ambassador Taupo’s speech at the Dengkong Charity Event can be found below: