WVT holds Christmas charity

The Grand Formosa Regent Taipei, in collaboration with World Vision Taiwan (WVT) and Diamonds Trading Company (DTC), lit the tallest and most expensive indoor Christmas tree in Taipei during the hotel’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last night with the focus of raising funds for charity.

The Christmas tree is 42 feet tall and decorated with 2,500 light bulbs, 1,600 ribbons, 1,500 gold and silver balls, and 1,000 pinecones. The main attractions of the tree are its most expensive ornaments, over NT$500 million worth of diamonds totalling 121.05 carats. The event also featured carols from the Taipei Children’s Choir and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

This year, the Grand Formosa is helping WVT acquire donations for the child sponsorship fundraiser, and has even set up a donation box on the first floor. By donating NT$1,000 a month, a sponsor can help a child by providing him or her with food, medical care, and education. Steven Pan, chairman of the hotel, has already decided to lead the way in the drive by adopting 10 children. The entire hotel staff is also participating in the fundraiser by persuading friends and family to donate any amount to World Vision.

Inquiries can be directed to WVT at (02)2585-6300 or to their website at > www.worldvision.org.tw