Year of The Monkey Celebration Fundraiser Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), in collaboration with the Belize Zoo and Travellers Liquors Ltd, is pleased to invite the general public to attend the “Year of the Monkey Celebration” Fundraiser on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at 3:00PM - 6:00PM at Travellers Heritage Museum, 2 ½ Mls. Philip Goldson Highway, Belize City.

The Embassy is pleased to partake in such a worthy cause. In countries all over the world, zoos play an important part in education and conservation. They are used not only to protect endangered animals but as well to rehabilitate or increase populations of species that are on the decline. Secondly, zoos are a main tourist attraction and provide the safe environment for tourists to see animals in their natural habitat. Last but not least, zoos play an important role in education especially for children.

The year 2016 is the Year of Monkey, which is a time for new inventions and new endeavors that are destined to succeed under the Monkey’s influence. The Monkey is a smart, wily and vigilant animal and symbolizes energy and versatility. On the individual level, the Monkey increases communication, humor and wit, helping us get through stressful times with grace and ease. For businesses, it can bring luck and prosperity, as business flourishes and risk tend to pan out. Daring to be different can lead to success. 

The Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Benjamin Ho, in addition to a monetary donation, is also donating 5 Chinese Painting Prints of the Monkey and for wine collectors and enthusiasts, 3 bottles of Kaoliang Liquor in decorated porcelain bottles. This strong, smooth, distilled liquor is made from fermented sorghum.  It is a powerful, explosive wine that is 58% proof alcohol and is said to leave its drinkers without hangovers!

Kaoliang liquor was first manufactured in 1952 on the island of Kinmen or Quemoy, located off the southern coast of mainland China, by the ROC county government distillery, now Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc. At that time some 100,000 soldiers and civilians resided in Kinmen, then a military outpost protecting Taiwan against mainland China. To provision the garrison, the ROC government had to provide rice, fuel and liquor. It encouraged local farmers to grow sorghum and barter their harvest for an equal quantity of imported rice. The sorghum long stems were burnt for fuel and the grains fermented and distilled into hard liquor. This liquor is also considered a natural medicine as well for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

Both the paintings and the liquors will be auctioned at the Fundraiser. All proceeds of the Fundraiser will assist the Belize Zoo with repairs of necessary infrastructure rebuilding, in order to safeguard the majestic native animals in Belize for future generations. Free drinks and food will be provided by Travellers Liquors. Let’s monkey around for a good cause!