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.
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.
Tzu Chi volunteers started visiting Machap Baru Old Folks’ Home since 1992. For the past 25 years, they have been providing love and care to the elderly residents besides helping to clean the home. Stepping into a new year, volunteers have again initiated a spring cleaning, hoping the elderly can have a joyful new year.
A Lunar New Year celebration with care recipients was held on January 8, 2017, by Tzu Chi Klang at Wisma Teng Chin. There were scrumptious vegetarian dishes, simple festive decorations, a bamboo bank corner and photography exhibition for the care recipients to gain a deeper understanding of Tzu Chi’s charitable missions. Festive gift packs and spring couplets were also prepared for the care recipients, so that they too, could have a blissful celebration at home.
Naraja a/l Ayard, an Indian Tzu Chi care recipient, succumbed to his illness after battling kidney disease for over ten years, putting an end to eight years of companionship of Tzu Chi volunteers on November 13, 2016. Volunteers had been taking turns to lift the physically-immobile Naraja over five flights of stairs to his dialysis centre time and again for the past 20 months. Such act of love continued till the final days of Naraja as volunteers sent him off to his final journey.
It is a norm for many to party away the whole night on New Year’s Eve and to wake up late the following day. However, with commitment of allocated tasks, Tzu Chi volunteers and some public members were up at dawn, busily preparing for the year-end distribution event, starting their first day in 2017 with loving-kindness.
Family members were devastated with the loss of their loved ones in a deadly road accident which also left 16 injured. Tzu Chi volunteers immediately rushed to the hospital and stayed till late at night to render help to the passengers and their families.
Tzu Chi Cambodia Liaison Office recently held their 11th relief distribution of rice at Kong Pisey and Somrong Tong Districts in Kompong Speu Province. The activity, which was supported by 268 volunteers from four countries, namely, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia, had benefitted 2,836 poor households affected by the flood.
On December 20, 2016, around 7 pm, a fire broke out at Hock Ann Estate, along Old Klang Road, KL. Tzu Chi volunteers were there to assess the situation that same night, and on December 25, after their visits, evaluation, preparations of name list and relief items, volunteers distributed relief materials to those affected.