The Taiwan Ireland Association (TIA), which came to public prominence earlier in the year for their generous donations of PPE to Irish nursing homes and care facilities, has launched a new charitable initiative called “Giving is living” in collaboration with Make-A-Wish Ireland. As part of the initiative TIA is selling gift boxes of goods sourced from Irish businesses, with all proceeds from the sale of the boxes going to Make-A-Wish Ireland.

TIA told Gript that they wanted to do something that would both support small Irish businesses, as they knew this had been a very hard year for many of them, and support children in Ireland with life threatening illnesses to “make their wishes come true.”

The “Make a Wish, Wish Come True” gift boxes each contain a selection of artisanal chocolates and a handmade candle. The chocolate is sourced from Brona Chocolate, in North Kerry, who supply chocolate to the well-known 5 star hotel Adare Manor, and the candles are sourced from Irish luxury candle maker Julie Clarke.

Oliver Chen, Deputy chairman of TIA, said that “it is more blessed to give than to receive. The warm candlelight sheds a bright light into the darkness. It is an Irish and Taiwanese passion like the ‘Candle spirit’. The ‘Chocolate Philosophy’ in the movie Forest Gump encourages us to bravely accept any challenge in life. We hope to spread the ‘Candle Spirit’ and ‘Chocolate Philosophy’ through the gift box charity sale.”

Mary Murphy from Make-A-Wish Ireland said that she was grateful for TIA and all their members for their “amazing support”, and that “a lot of thought and energy has gone into these hampers, and they will make the perfect gift this Christmas. Any funds raised will make a real difference and help us to grant a wish to a child living with a life-threatening illness.

You can purchase the gift boxes HERE or by contacting TIA at [email protected]