On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain and the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism were honoured by a Civic Reception in the City Chambers in this historic city.
The Baillie of the City of Edinburgh, wearing his Chain of Office, warmly welcomed us to the city. Marsha Eberhardt, President of Fung Loy Kok, responded to his address saying how happy we were to have our new centre in the city.
Dr. Karen Laughlin then spoke of her personal family connections with Scotland and how pleased we were to be invited to the City Chambers. Peter Jones, Vice-President of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain and Philomena Pretsell, Director of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain and Edinburgh member also thanked the Baillie Norman Work, for his welcome and noted that in renovating the building we had employed local small businesses and had therefore helped to boost the economy in the area.
Fifty members then performed a set in the impressive grandeur of room—a first for many. Sporting the vibrant orange Grand Opening t-shirts and moving in silent harmony we made quite an impression on the distinguished spectators.
Dr. Andrew Kirby, a member of the Instruction Committee for the UK, talked about the unique nature of Taoist Tai Chi that considers health from a physical, mental, spiritual and social perspective. He emphasised that although the health benefits of Tai Chi were now firmly established, it was also the participation and volunteering basis of our Society that gave great benefits to our psychological and even physical health.
Councillor Ronald Cairns, who had been present at the Society’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2011, had sponsored the reception on our behalf and said how much he and the residents local to the new centre in Marionville Road appreciated our presence there.
Councillor and Mrs Cairns will be attending the official Grand Opening of the UK National Centre on Friday 19 April, where Cllr Cairns has promised to wear the special t-shirt that we gifted to him and take part in a Taoist Tai Chi set.