Thousands pledge to ‘Cherish the Food’

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Participants in the “Cherish the Food” cycling activity gather in Miaoli. (Courtesy of NIA)

MIAOLI – Ahead of the annual World Food Day on Oct. 16. His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and His Eminence Rinchen Dorjee Rinpoche called on the public to participate in a “Cherish the Food” cycling activity on Oct. 14. Around 3,000 people responded to the invitation and gathered in the event’s last stop at the General Assembly of Miaoli County Government Square (苗栗縣政府前廣場) to promote the concept of cherishing the food.

The event started early in the morning at the main entrance of Miaoli’s Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall and attracted a professional bikers’ coach and Eelin Entertainment (伊林模特兒) models who joined the event for some warm-up exercises. After the Holiness’s speech, participants joined the riding event and called on more people to care about this land and support the development of a sustainable agriculture.

His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang has been promoting Tibetan Buddhists in Taiwan for 20 years. He was appointed by the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) as a Mountain Partnership Goodwill Ambassador in May 2015. All participants were invited to visit the local bazaar while onstage activities featured seminars on “environmental protection” and “organic agriculture promotion.”

This event also received the support of many organizations, including Miaoli County Government, National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall, the Glorious Jewel Group (寶吉祥有限公司), National Police Academy, the Cycling Life Style Foundation (財團法人自行車新文化基金會) and many more. 

Courtesy of the NIA