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On the wall of Thiew Chai Wan’s house, was a stack of receipts for donations from his lifetime’s savings and bamboo bank savings, to help others through Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

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.

Ah Lay Leme and Ruth Zanja from Myanmar, at the belated “one month old” birthday celebration for their twin babies. [Photograph by Hoh Wai Poh]

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.

Ong Cheen Leen, the third daughter of the demised, shared with Tzu Chi volunteers on her father’s story about body donation. [Photograph by Low Siew Lian]

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.

Volunteers from Bacang mindfully arranged for a Lunar New Year celebration at the Warm Homes Care Centre, with a volunteer dressed as “God of Prosperity” to send blessings to everyone there. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

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.

The “Out-of-Tune Band” formed by Tzu Chi staff, volunteers and students from Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre visited care recipient, Loh Mee Ping (centre) on the ninth day of Chinese New Year and brought her cheers through singing. [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

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.

Volunteers thoughtfully arranged for a birthday celebration for Lim Sin Yoon (3rd right) and Nazli Ebrahimi (4th right). [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

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.

Care recipient Loh Mee Ping (centre) only wished to have more time to experience as much of this world as she can, and be an inspiration to others. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee

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.

Tzu Chi volunteers had an early Lunar New Year celebration with Tzu Chi’s care recipients at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. [Photograph by Leong Chian Yee]

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.

In order for the elderly to have a clean and fresh smelling living environment as they welcome a new year, volunteers cooperated and completed their spring cleaning tasks after four hours of hard work. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

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.

The care recipients, young and old, enjoyed a lion dance performance at the Lunar New Year celebration organized by Tzu Chi Klang. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

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.

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