On March 14, 2017, a fire razed through 42 wooden houses at Kampung Muhibbah, Kota Kinabalu. On March 17, Tzu Chi volunteers from Kota Kinabalu went to Dewan Serbaguna Likas and distributed relief cash and eco-blankets to 278 affected families.
Tzu Chi volunteers presented an adjustable bed to Abdul Karim at his home. It was the most valuable gift he had waited for 12 years.
Thiew Chai Wan, an elderly with a positive outlook and has been leading a simple and frugal life, made a significant decision at his old age. For an old folk who did not receive much education, he has, nevertheless, his own interpretation of the meaning of life.
Twins, Great Love and Gratitude, had been separated by circumstances for three months since they were born. They were finally reunited after much effort. Tzu Chi volunteers and church members held a belated full moon celebration for their reunion.
Traditionally, when a person dies, his body is either buried or cremated. But a more meaningful way is to donate and preserve the body intact, for the purpose of medical research. Ong Hock Seng, aged 70-plus, from Melaka, did just that. His unselfish choice won him respect and was duly accepted by his family.
Tam Lye Kuan, the hostess, was busily serving the guests at the Chinese New Year get-together, while Cheah Cheh clapped along to the rhythm of the songs… The unprecedented lively atmosphere at Lye Kuan’s home, and the volunteers’ thoughtfully prepared programmes, brought cheers to the lonely elderly.
On February 5, 2017 (the ninth day of Chinese New Year), a team of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s staff and volunteers formed a 7-member band with guitars and ukuleles, to bring CNY cheers to elderly Tzu Chi care recipients through their singing.
Seventy-four-year-old Lim Sin Yoon, who lives in Setapak, had a Chinese New Year brightened up with love. Thirty-six-year-old Nazli Ebrahimi from Iran understood that to be able to help an elderly on spring cleaning on her birthday, was a blessing. The duo spent the Chinese New Year in a unique manner.
Many will make New Year’s resolutions as they usher in a new year. Sixty-four-year-old Loh Mee Ping reiterated the same wish year after year, that is, to live life to the fullest. To her, she simply hopes for more time to experience as much of this world as she can, and be an inspiration to others.
It is pretty common that people miss their loved ones during the festive season, which is all about family-togetherness. Each year around the Lunar New Year, Tzu Chi volunteers would prepare scrumptious vegetarian dishes and various programmes to welcome the care recipients “home” for a joyous reunion and celebration. Indeed, years of genuine companionship and care have brought volunteers and care recipients closer together, forming family-like bonds.