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On Saturday 15 May, Andrew Thomas—Mater Foundation Executive Director and Maggie Hsieh— Senior Manager, Donor Relationships, attended Buddha Birthday Festival celebrations at Chung-Tian Temple. The festival celebrates Australia’s harmony and diversity, specifically showcasing the unique Chinese culture.
Every year at the Buddha Birthday Festival, Buddha Light International Association Qld’s (BLIAQ) Love and Care Group donates $5000 each to five charities. Mater Foundation is grateful to be one of the beneficiaries for many years. These funds will go towards Mater’s Assistant in Nursing Internship Program to enable skilled nurses from refugee backgrounds to re-enter their profession and build workforce capacity in refugee communities.
Mater Foundation would like to express their gratitude for this generous gift, which will change not only the lives of the nurses by providing them vital skills, but will also enable improved patient care outcomes.
In light of #NationalVolunteerWeek, Mater Foundation would also like to thank the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes and on the day every year.
1. Maggie Hsieh (middle); Jena Hung, Director of Buddha Light International Association (to her right); Steven Huang (second row), Councillor of McGregor; and volunteers at the Festival.
2. Above, left to right: Luca Fu, Managing Director of YFG Shopping Centres, Maggie Hsieh, Andrew T, Arthur Liu, President of Buddha Light International Association Qld.