Annette Colligan, Norsat’s marketing and communications manager and chair of the Norsat Foundation, presented Mac Miao, Vice CEO of the Tzu Chi Foundation Canada with a donation to support their various programs.
The Tzu Chi Foundation is an international humanitarian and non-governmental organization with many volunteers all over the world. This charity focuses on giving aid to all people in need and inspires love, compassion, and humanity to both givers and receivers. The organization is also very involved with disaster relief all over the world through donations, providing food and supplies, and medical assistance. Volunteers help built hospitals, schools, and villages in disaster affected areas.
One of the key programs that the Tzu Chi Foundation supports is the Blue Sky Project, which aims to provide vulnerable children with resources and opportunities which they may not have been given otherwise. This includes a breakfast program in schools, funding for extracurricular camps and social activities, and back-to-school supplies.
The roots for this organization is Buddhism, however the foundation helps anyone in need. Volunteers within the organization are diverse and encompass all ethnic and religion backgrounds.
On Saturday, July 16th, Norsat was proud to be a corporate sponsor at the Union Gospel Mission, Annual Summer BBQ. This event, held in Oppenheimer Park on the downtown eastside of Vancouver, served more than 3,480 meals to the homeless and downtown eastside community. The Annual Summer BBQ is a family-friendly community celebration, where our neighbors in need experienced hope in an inclusive and relaxing environment. Food was served all day, and fun activities like music, games, and a carnival-style ‘kid-zone’ for neighborhood families was provided.
A team of Norsat employees attended the event and volunteered preparing and serving food.
Jane Huynh commented, “It made my day to help out and give back to the community. I met a lot of great and friendly people while volunteering. It was great seeing the community out with their families and having a good time. There were smiles everywhere and the community was very thankful for UGM for putting on such a great event. I would definitely volunteer again.”
Another Norsat volunteer, Robert Li said, “This was a really happy experience. Actually, when I decided to register for this activity, I was not sure what kind of people needed help. Maybe they just need something to drink; maybe they need a platform to get together. When I walked through the square, the long line up was just like the big dragon with an unreachable tail. When we saw the happiness from everybody, I think its God showing much glory and honor! God bless everyone!”
Through the support of sponsors like Rogers Sugar, Rogers Group Financial, LGM and Norsat, UGM was able to give guests a day where they feel loved and accepted, but also simply experience a day of fun without worrying about the many barriers in their lives. This was an excellent opportunity for Norsat to partner with UGM and give back to the community in which it operates.
About Union Gospel Mission
- Meals, shelter, outreach and chaplaincy services that relieve suffering and renew hope
- Life recovery programs that offer freedom from addictive lifestyles
- Education and job preparation that equip for successful living
- Affordable housing that fosters community and personal contribution
- Preventative programs that build healthy families