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Saturday, August 13, 2005

3. Friends of Tibet to present program (MDP)

Montrose Daily Press
12 Aug 2005
Caitlin Switzer

Daily Press Freelance Writer

MONTROSE - Take a little time to make a better world.

That's the message Fred Schmidt of Montrose hopes to share with the community this weekend, when
Tibet Today debuts at the Montrose Pavilion.

As president of Western Colorado Friends of Tibet, Schmidt believes that learning about and
sharing with another culture can enrich the lives of locals in many ways.

"We basically have three different programs," Schmidt said. "In the morning we will have Palden
Gyatso, a Tibetan monk who will discuss his 30 years of imprisonment by the Chinese in Tibet."

Afternoon programs will include a movie, "Red Tibet, Free Tibet," followed by a panel discussion
and an evening program that features Thubten "Sam" Samdup, head of Tibet Canada, the largest
Tibetan organization on the North American continent.

"The truth of the matter is, if everyone donated $20, it would pay for uniforms, books and
schooling for a student," Schmidt said. "For just $300 a year, you can make a huge difference in a
child's life."

The Tibet Today program, with its highly respected speakers and informative program, is a rare
opportunity to both learn and help, he said.

"This is an opportunity for everybody to participate," Schmidt said. "If everybody does a little
bit, it can make a big difference."

Helping to organize the program is Sonam Palmo, a native of Nepal who now lives and works in the
United States.

"We are trying to help the Tibetan people, because they are very poor," Palmo said. "Some kids
need help to go to school, and sponsors. If Western Colorado Friends of Tibet can make money (with
this program) we can help people more."

Although she misses her family, Palmo is very appreciative of the community she has found in the

"I like it here," she said. "There is a lot of freedom. In Nepal, there is not freedom-there are
problems all the time."

Weekend events will include the program itself, as well as a book signing at Sagebrush Books on
Friday night. On Saturday, a Nepali and Tibetan lunch will follow Gyatso's discussion, while on
Sunday Bill and Nora Duckworth will host an open house for guests and conference attendees at
their Montrose home.

"We will discuss why it is important for every human being, for all people to come together to
find a solution to our current world crisis," Schmidt said. "Whenever I am having a tough day, I
think about the people in Tibet, and I am very grateful for what we have here.

"Making a difference in their lives makes me feel good."

For more information about Tibet Today, scheduled Saturday at the Pavilion, contact Schmidt at
249-8000, or Bill Duckworth at 240-4197.

Articles in this Issue:
  1. China Jails Three Tibetans For Dalai Lama Pictures, Teachings (RFA)
  2. China jails Tibetans for carrying Dalai Lama tapes (IANS)
  3. Friends of Tibet to present program (MDP)
  4. UN says China is reporting avian flu outbreak among chickens in Tibet (AP)
  5. Fate and freedom
  6. The Plunder of Tibet's Treasures (RFA)

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