(Minghui.org) Falun Dafa practitioners in Sydney were invited to participate in a fundraising event held by Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW) at the North Ryde School of Arts Community Centre on June 18, 2022.
Many participants said they liked the beautiful exercise music, and felt strong energy when practitioners demonstrated the Falun Dafa exercises. Both elected officials and local citizens thanked the practitioners, and many signed up for free classes to learn the exercises.
A Lifestyle That Helps the Community
Sreeni Pillamarri, a Hornsby Shire Council member and Justice of the Peace in NSW, said he really liked Falun Dafa. Having worked with practitioners for nearly ten years, he was aware of their contributions to society. He explained that their lifestyle—meditation and peace—allows people to do things more effectively. That is why he is grateful that Falun Dafa practitioners have worked tirelessly to help their communities.
He said that the persecution in China is totally wrong, since freedom of belief should be respected. He said, “The principles of Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance are absolutely needed in our society.” He thanked practitioners for “participating in the event and presenting the practice to local residents so that more people can benefit from it.”
Caring About Each Other
Dr. Michelle Byrne, former mayor of Hills Shire, stopped by the Falun Dafa booth. She said she was touched by the compassionate energy field there, and said she liked Falun Dafa because the practice is important for the community.
“In such a busy society, people should care for each other especially during these difficult times,” she said. “We also need to take care of ourselves and be tolerant of others.”
Opposing a Totalitarian Regime
Vernon Lopes was happy to see his son patiently learning how to fold paper lotus flowers. He pointed out that the peaceful environment was a clear contrast to the brutal suppression in China, and that many people may not have realised it, but this is a battle with the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime. That is why he encouraged practitioners to hold more events like this one so that people would know what is going on in China.
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