By Tsering Choedup | TANC
RICHMOND, US, 25 November 2018
The Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC) raised $7,236 for the California Wildfire Victims. Mayor of the City of Richmond Tom Butt gave appreciation for TANC’s effort, and thanked everyone for extending their supportive hands for the people affected by the recent wildfire.
Tibetan community members residing in the East Bay Area came together in this hour of hardship to support the survivors who have been devastated by the recent wildfire. Around 20 Tibetan volunteers helped the TANC board in hosting a community café, and many more joined in giving their helping hands. Hundreds of Tibetans came to support this fundraising event. They thoughtfully spent their money to buy their lunch at the community café as well as giving monetary donations for the cause. In the afternoon many of them sat back for two more hours to offer their deep respect and prayers for those who have lost their lives in the recent wildfire.
The wildfire killed over 70 people and rendered thousands homeless; the whereabouts of hundreds more are still unaccount for. This wildfire has brought huge devastation both to humans as well as countless animals.
“This fund-raising drive wouldn’t be possible without all our volunteers,” said Mr Tseten Phuntsok, Vice President of TANC, during a closing ceremony. “I would like to thank all of them for their hard work and services to the community,” he added.
TANC thanked everyone for their support to the TANC’s community fund drive for California wildfire victims. On behalf of the Tibetan community in the Bay Area, the board extended their appreciation and thanks to all the volunteers and general public for showing solidarity with them in supporting the fundraising event. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be handed over to those affected by the recent California wildfire through Richmond Mayor Tom Butt’s office.