The Republic of China on Taiwan has traditionally sought to strengthen the bonds of friendship and mutual cooperation with Belize in a number of endeavours, and the national September celebrations are no exception.
Taiwanese Ambassador David C.K. Wu presented a US$20,000 cheque to Executive Director Diane Haylock of the National Institute of Culture and History, on behalf of the September Celebrations Commission, on Wednesday morning, August 7.
Haylock thanked Ambassador Wu for the donation, saying the government of Belize always helps with the celebrations budget, but with more activities planned, the commission always looks to do a little additional fund-raising.
For his part Ambassador Wu said he was pleased and honoured to collaborate with the celebrations commission organized by Minister Manuel Heredia and Ms. Diane Haylock.
The Embassy has always been happy to assist the Belize City Council with festivities, such as an annual contribution of fireworks for the pyrotechnic display on the eve of Independence Day, September 21.
Last year, the Embassy also helped sponsor the prizes for the annual Carnival road march, which Ambassador Wu presented in award ceremony during the now annual Pan Yaad concert at the House of Culture. He even extended an invitation to the Pantempters Steel Band to take Belizean music to Taiwan, which they toured earlier this year.
Music is foremost on the program as the National Song Competition is to be held at the Memorial Park in Belize City on Saturday night, August 10. The Queen of the Bay talent competition has been scheduled for the following week, August 17, with the annual Queen of the Bay Pageant set for August 31.