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Café’s Charity Drive to Send Love to Haiti

Written by  Sia Ah Tong, KL & Selangor / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

The “Send Love to Haiti” campaign 1aunched by Tzu Chi KL & Selangor received a positive response in
the community. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]

93°C Café and Taihoyo Store organized a fundraising event to send love to Haiti. Together with their eight staff, owners, Chen Kuei Chou and Lin Chia Hua, worked tirelessly from eight in the morning till seven in the evening on November 6 just to be with the hurricane victims.


Hurricane Matthew sliced through Haiti at the Caribbean on November 4, 2016, and caused serious devastation that affected 1.4 million people. Tzu Chi KL & Selangor decided to kick-start the “Send Love to Haiti” donation campaign with the hope of restoring the daily lives of the people in Haiti soon.

Hoped more would join the ranks of kindness

The red banner with wordings, “Send Love to Haiti”, that hang in front of 93°C Café caught the eyes of many passers-by to stop over

for a drink and donate for a good cause. The husband and wife owners, Chen Kuei Chou and Lin Chia Hua, hoped to inspire more people in the community to be generous. They first invited the customers for a drink before leading them to Taihoyo Store next door for shopping.

Although they did not have much time to plan and promote for the donation drive, they insisted on holding the fundraising event on a busy Sunday. Kuei Chou expressed cheerfully, “The business is usually good on Sundays hence it is the best day to hold the fundraising event to get more donations.”

The tables were quickly filled up as soon as the café was opened for business. Other than those who received the news, there were also passers-by who patronized for a good cause. Kuei Chou was responsible of making the beverages while Chia Hua focused on preparing the food. The rest of the staff were busy with ushering, taking down the order, delivering the food, cleaning and washing. Everyone sprang into action and collaborated well with each other.

Outside the café, Tzu Chi volunteers had set up booths to promote Tzu Chi publications and Jing Si products. They had also prepared Jing Si oolong tea for the guests to share more about Tzu Chi and to raise funds at the same time.

Set an example to staff to do good

Chen Zhi Hong usually works on a night shift but he arrived early to help out. Even though he felt a bit tired with the longer working hours, he was delighted to have done something meaningful for the hurricane victims. He shared, “I am not afraid of hard work. I have done it out of willingness to assist my boss and other colleagues. The business is good today but I told myself to stay calm and do my best.”

Weng Ting Ting, who has worked at Taihoyo Store for four years, recalled she was a hot-tempered girl when she first joined the company. As she could not suppress her emotions well, her relationship with other colleagues was poor. However, Kuei Chou and Chia Hua have set good examples and it was this positive influence that changed Ting Ting into a soft-spoken person. Nowadays she wears a smile on her face and is kind to her customers and colleagues.

She was originally scheduled to start work at 9 am but after learning about the shortage of manpower, she arrived early and stayed back after work to support the good cause with actions.

Made use of technology to spread the news

Huang Xiu Qin leant about the fundraising when she brought her three children for meals. She felt pleased to be able to participate in the charity drive and help the people in Haiti. She said, “Donation is nothing new to me. Although we could not be there to lend a hand, contributing to the charity drive is also a form of help. The owner’s thoughtfulness in providing a platform for us to do good is truly praiseworthy.”

When her young daughter was asked on how one could help the hurricane victims, she expressed playfully, “Let’s eat more, then we can help more people.” The room burst into laughter at her innocence.

Peng Yuan Zhen, a Buddhist, who passed by the café with his wife and daughter, felt it was a meaningful deed hence he shared the news on social media immediately. He lamented, “I knew about the disaster but was unsure about the extent of the damage. If there are more news, it would be easier to get more people to contribute.”



On that day, about 20 volunteers and 280 customers supported the donation drive. Besides enjoying sumptuous meals and aromatic coffee, many customers had dropped the loose change generously into the coin box. With lots of love and blessings, the total amount raised for the Haitians was RM11,000.

 

93°C Café and Taihoyo Store jointly held a charity drive to raise funds for hurricane victims in Haiti. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]   Public members packed the café in response to the charity drive for people in Haiti. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]

93°C Café and Taihoyo Store jointly held a charity drive to raise funds for hurricane victims in Haiti. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]
 
Public members packed the café in response to the charity drive for people in Haiti. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]
 
Shop owner, Chen Kuei Chou purposefully chose a busy Sunday to run the donation drive to raise more funds for the Haitians. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]   Lin Chia Hua hopes to inspire more people in the community to be kind and generous. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]

Shop owner, Chen Kuei Chou purposefully chose a busy Sunday to run the donation drive to raise more funds for the Haitians. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]
 
 
Lin Chia Hua hopes to inspire more people in the community to be kind and generous. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]
 
Though starting work early, Chen Zhi Hong felt joyful to be able to participate in the meaningful drive. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]   Due to shortage of manpower, Weng Ting Ting willingly did a longer shift that day. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]

Though starting work early, Chen Zhi Hong felt joyful to be able to participate in the meaningful drive. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]
 
 
Due to shortage of manpower, Weng Ting Ting willingly did a longer shift that day. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]
 
Peng Yuan Zhen helped promote the donation drive to his friends via social media. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]   Many customers happily dropped their loose change into the bamboo bank. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]

Peng Yuan Zhen helped promote the donation drive to his friends via social media. [Photograph by Boon Wui Kong]
 
 
Many customers happily dropped their loose change into the bamboo bank. [Photograph by Chua Teck Ching]