Belgium Tibetan Community’s Sherab Nangje Weekend Language School organised a fundraising cultural event in Antwerp on the Christmas eve, 24 December 2023.
Secretary Thrinley Wangdue from the Office of Tibet, Brussels, attended the event as chief guest along with the President of Tibetan Community Palden Tsering and representatives of other Tibetan associations in Belgium.
The day night fundraising cultural event started from morning 10am till midnight. Morning part of the event was mainly about playing various fundraising games and sales of Tibetan Traditional foods.
In the evening, the event commenced with a bang performance of Tashi Sholpa by the senior students of Sherab Nangje lead by artist Gen Norbu Tsering la followed by a number of cultural dances performed by the students, parents and staff members. Weekend school’s Artist teacher Mr. Norbu Tsering also presented some solo items to entertain the gathering.
Chief Guest, Secretary Thinley Wangdue, the Office of Tibet, Brussels underscored His Holiness’ establishment of separate schools for Tibetans to preserve Tibetan religion, culture and language while lauding the staff, teachers and parents of Tibetan weekend schools abroad for their contributions. At the same time, he further reminded the substantiality of Tibetan weekend schools in perpetuating the preservation and promotion of Tibetan language and cultures in diasporic communities and, hence, urged younger generations to become a responsible Tibetan to carry forward the legacy of their elder generation.
In addition to this, the Secretary Thinley also informed the public about the EU’s recent resolution on Tibet which highlights the most pressing issues faced by the Tibetans inside Tibet.
The newly elected director of the Sherab Nangchey School Mr. Sonam Tsering highlighted the importance of organizing such a kind of fund-raising cultural event to support the weekend school’s daily activities. He particularly thanked those VIP guests for being part of the event and making donations to the school.
Palden Tsering, the President of the Tibetan Community, assured continual support to Sherab Nangje Weekend Language School and Jamyang Lophel Sunday School. He also appealed to the public to financially support his vision of buying the Tibetan Community Hall in Belgium.
Cultural Secretary of the Tibetan Community Association, Mr. Bawa Dorjee appealed to the Tibetans gathered there to be united and work for the preservation of the Tibetan unique identity, culture and language to restore freedom to the Tibetans.