Loudoun County has received 12,000 face masks, 10,000 from a sister city in Taiwan and 2,000 from local Taekwondo instructor and Grandmaster Eung Gil Choi.
New Taipei City, which sent Loudoun 10,000 masks, is one of Loudoun’s sister cities abroad. Choi, known to most people as Grandmaster Choi, leads USTMA, the United States Martial Arts Academy, serving both Leesburg and Berryville.
“These incredibly generous donations illustrate the importance of Loudoun’s relationships, both within our community and around the world,” said Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large). According to her, the masks will be used for elder care facilities and county facilities in Loudoun.
The visit from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, or TECRO, was the first official delegation to Loudoun from Taiwan since 2017.
“Taiwan cherishes its friendship with Loudoun County, and the Sisterhood relations between Loudoun County and New Taipei City. We hope the surgical masks can help the frontline health care workers in Loudoun,” stated TECRO Senior Executive Officer Paul Paohan Wang. “Taiwan is providing humanitarian assistance against COVID-19, through a program called ‘Taiwan Can Help and Taiwan Is Helping.’”
Taiwan has donated more than 50 million facemasks and personal protective equipment around the world, including more than 10 million to U.S. federal and local governments since early April.
Choi, a Taekwondo ninth-degree black belt, and a Loudoun business owner for more than 30 years, founded the first school to teach martial arts in Loudoun, USTMA. He has studied Taekwondo for more than 50 years along with several other martials arts and was the Korean Special Forces Taekwondo Champion from 1975-1977.
“Loudoun County is my home,” Choi sai. “I know it’s a small donation, but I want to do my best for those who work hard to keep Loudoun County beautiful and safe, especially at a time like this. I really love and appreciate Loudoun County with all my heart.”
This article was updated Thursday, June 25 at 12:43 p.m. with comment from people at the ceremony.