The social welfare corporation Anguk Zen Center in South Korea, headed by the Venerable Abbot, Subul Sunim, in a gesture of humanitarian support and solidarity between the two nations, has donated 100,000 health masks for free distribution to aid India’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The donation was coordinated by K-Art International Exchange Association in Korea and InKo Centre in India.
The consignment was handed over yesterday to Venu Srinivasan, chairman, TVS Motor Company, and managing trustee, Srinivasan Services Trust; chairman, InKo Centre and Goodwill Envoy for Culture and Diplomacy of the Republic of Korea, for free distribution through the Srinivasan Services Trust, the social service arm of TVS Motor Company.
Venu Srinivasan Chairman, TVS Motor Company & managing trustee, Srinivasan Services Trust said, “I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation to the Venerable Abbot, my revered teacher, Subul Sunim for this compassionate gesture of donating 100,000 masks to InKo Centre. We welcome what is indeed a most timely and valuable donation in these challenging times, when wearing masks, following strict rules of sanitation and hygiene and maintaining social distancing is the ‘new normal’. We will ensure that the masks are widely distributed to local communities across the country through the Srinivasan Services Trust, the social service arm of TVS Motor Company. This unique civilian gesture of goodwill and support from Busan to Chennai truly epitomises the warmth and depth of the valued relationship between the two nations.”
Young-seup Kwon, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai, said, “The global pandemic is by far one of the most serious challenges humanity has ever faced. We can overcome this challenge by staying strong and working together. This cooperation at this civil society level clearly shows how much ordinary Koreans and Indians care for each other and we can overcome this challenge by standing together.”
These high-quality masks produced by BlueIndus Co were specially provided by CEO Jeong Cheon-sik for distribution in India. The masks were shipped to India, courtesy Yang Jae-saeng, CEO of Eunsan Shipping Air, Korea.
The Srinivasan Services Trust (SST), a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, promoted by Sundaram-Clayton Ltd and TVS Motor Company, has been carrying out rural development activities since 1996. SST is working in thousands of villages spread over in five States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra. SST's holistic approach focuses on key areas of economic development, health, education, infrastructure, environment and social and cultural development in the villages.
What is InKo Centre?
The InKo Centre (www.inkocentre.org) aims to promote an inter-cultural dialogue by facilitating a consistent programme that draws on the rich traditions of both India and Korea .With a focus on language, culture and information, the Centre examines the global dimensions of such a dialogue while showcasing the local and national characteristics that underpin such exchange.
InKo Centre is a registered, non-profit society supported primarily by TVS Motor Company Limited and Hyundai Motor India Limited; the Korean Association in Chennai and a host of Indian and Korean companies based in Chennai. The Centre works in close co-operation with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, New Delhi; the Korean Cultural Centre, New Delhi and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Chennai. Since its inception in 2006, the Centre has worked consistently with key organizations in Korea and in India, with an aim to build long-term sustainable intercultural partnerships.