A group of Korean supporters began a peace march on 10 December coinciding with international Human Rights Day and the anniversary
of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. After almost 20 days of grueling walking, the marchers reached
their destination on 28 December. The freezing winter cold could not deter the spirit of marchers who walked on deadly Korean
highways to support the Tibetan cause. They reached Seoul, the capital city of South Korea and more people joined with them.
They walked until the border of South and North Korea and paid their respect to the national flags of Tibet and Korea.
Passing through many major cities in their 600 kilometer hike, the walkerts gathered at their destination with a renewed spirit and
desire to campaign for Tibet.
Jamyang, a Tibetan, says, "I am not just happy that we reached our destination of this walk for Tibet, Iam happy that we can keep on
working for Tibet's cause and for world peace. I am thankful to the people of Korea for their suppor t of Tibet". His wife sustained
injuries on her feet but she walked neck and neck with the other marchers wearing a genuine smile on her face. She was explaining
Tibet's situation to the Koreans they met on their march. She said the pain in her feet is nothing when compared to those
Tibetans who escape from Tibet over the Himalayas, especially young children.
The Save Tibet Festival is an annual fundraising event in Seoul, South Korea. Everyone who was involved, from performers to
promoters was a volunteer. The first festival in January 2005 funded the opening of Rogpa BCC in Dharamsala, India (September 2005)
and featured concerts, DJs, Tibetan women's craft sale, and food corner. This Provided a great opportunity to raise awareness about
the situation of Tibetan refugees in India and the struggle for autonomy inside Tibet.
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In February 2007 a one day cafe was organized, promoted with the name 'Tashi Delek' (to wish good luck) in Seoul, South Korea and
was a big success. raising much needed funds for Rogpa's work. It served as an infornal way of raising awareness about the
Tibetan issus and helped spread Rogpa's reputation, particularly because of a new documentary 'Tibetan Language', directed by
Ga, Young-Eun - a BCC volunteer. The film shows the children's lives of fun, games, love and learning at the BCC.
The festival included an exhibit of photos and a documentary about Tibet, as well as the first ever Rock Concert for
Tibet in Korea, with performances from Korean pop celebrities. It was a huge success, inspiring hundreds of Koreans to
help and make a difference for the Tibetan community. When one really looks at the value and preciousness of the
Tibetan culture, one cannot help but wish to preserve this gem not only for Tibetans but for the whole world.
In 2006 ROGPA successfully pulled off an even larger festival, with more events, and an ever-increasing audience.
In 2007 we held our third Save Tibet Festival in Seoul and are always thinking about the next one, in order to
maintain and expand the Baby Care Center project for Tibetan refugee families in Dharamsala, India.
Rogpa organized a two day camp in August 2007 in South Korea, which was probably the first time such a pro-Tibet event had
Korean Government involvement. Nearly 130 Korean teenage students took part in the camp, which began with documentary
videos on Tibetans in exile and the plight of Tibetans, inside and outside Tibet, focusing on Tibet's importance for world peace.
the first day concluded with a fashion show featuring Tibetan clothing and a traditional dice game called Sho-para.
The second day began with a 10km rally around the city of Suwon, with the students informing people on the way about Tibet and
their struggle for freedom. These passionate young Koreans were not deterred by the hot sun in their effort to give a voice to
Tibetan children who continue to escape across the harsh altitudes of the Himalayas, risking their lives to reach india in
search of better opportunities. One beautiful aspect of the camp was that every student wore traditional Tibetan shirts and
learnt some Tibetan language. They were also given Tibetan names which they used to call each other throughout the camp.
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