Breeze Charity Foundation sends children to school
The China Post news staff
October 20, 2016, 12:18 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Breeze Group, one of the nation's leading shopping malls, invited 46 children to the movies in a scholarship program aimed at developing the talents of children from economically disadvantaged families.
The Breeze Charity Foundation launched the "wishing star" scholarship program this year, which received 449 applications from across the country.
Forty-six children — 21 primary students, 12 junior high school students, and 13 high school students — were selected to receive the scholarship.
To celebrate the event, wife of Breeze Group founder, Lin Mei-ing, incumbent Chairman Henry Liao, his wife Yun Yun Sun, incumbent CSO Michelle Liao and acting CEO of the Breeze Charity Foundation Holy Yang invited the children and their parents to an awards ceremony on Sunday at one of the Breeze Group's Ambassador Theatres.
The parents and children enjoyed the latest family animation "Storks" together at the movie theater.
Program organizer Michelle Liao said on Sunday that the Wishing Star scholarship program is not a typical scholarship program.
"Instead looking only at the children's academic grades, we focused more on their character," she said.
"To pass down the correct concept toward life is the core value of this program."
Addressing the guests, she said she believes education is the foundation of a promising future, and that she was "full of hope" when she looked at each child in the audience.
"All of you have the power to change the world," she said, adding that she encourages them to pursue their dreams.
"If any one of you were to seek higher education abroad, the Breeze Group is here to help secure relative scholarships," she said.
Lin Mei-ing, wife of the group's founder, said that she attended the event as a mother.
"It is my pleasure to participate in such a meaningful event, and I hope each and every kid will grow up healthily and safely."
Building on to what Michelle Liao had already promised, Lin said that if the high school winners wished to enter the job market earlier, the Breeze group "welcomes them with open arms."
'Spread the kindness'
A mother of a scholarship winner expressed gratitude to the Breeze Group as she explained that it had been several years since her whole family went to the movies together.
"We'd like to thank the Breeze Charity Foundation for providing us such a pleasant afternoon," she said.
Another parent at the event, known only as Mr. Wang, said that he had never taken the children to the movies due to the financial burden. "Thank you to the Foundation for giving my children and I this opportunity."
"What this event has given my child is more than just an entirely fresh experience, but hope," Wang said.
Wrapping up the ceremony, Chairman Henry Liao said that he believes investing in education is investing in the future."
"My father taught me to contribute to society whenever I am capable. I hope to pass on this concept, and most importantly, to encourage children to remember to continue spreading kindness," he said.