Terracotta Warriors: The Grand Banquet & Auction
The Grand Banquet and Auction was held on the evening of September 27, 2012. It was a remarkable success.
That morning I came to see my Terracotta Warriors together for the first and last time before they were taken to new homes. The hall was quiet, even serene in anticipation of the evening’s celebration. It was a perfect time to reconnect with my Warriors, for that is how I will always remember them. More importantly, they were the Warriors for children with disabilities.
The media release given by BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities demonstrates how a community can rally behind a worthy endeavour. The Terracotta Warriors raised $170,000 for Easter Seals British Columbia. My thirty-four Terracotta Warriors, all which had been on public display since April 2012, were the stars of the evening.
As I said good-bye to my Warriors, I recalled the words of Lao Tzu
“We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.
We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.
We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.
We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.”
― Lao Tzu