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Charity News

On October 3, 2015, Tzu Chi volunteers in Tangkak held a simple birthday celebration for elderly at the old folks’ home and Mrs Huan. [Photograph by Low Chung Chin]

October 3, 2015, at the man’s old folks’ home at Ledang, Tangkak, it was unlike the normal quiet environment. It had an air of festivity with Tzu Chi volunteers moving around, preparing for a birthday celebration, in addition to the monthly medical and haircut services.

On the eve of the mid-autumn day, Tzu Chi volunteers in Cheras invited care recipients and recipients of Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme to celebrate the festival at the home of care recipient, Luo Zhi Wei. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

Mid-autumn festival is a major occasion traditionally celebrated by the Chinese. On September 26, 2015, eve of the festival, Tzu Chi volunteers in Cheras organized a get-together for care recipients and recipients of Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme, providing them with love and care on this festival that signifies reunion and blessings.

Although the long boat was packed with 30 people, the children did not complain but contented with what they had. [Photograph by Hsieh Hsiu Hua]

It is not a ship, but a long motor-propelled boat without any form of shade. Rain or shine, everyone on board has to bear with the cold or heat. But to the school children of Paitan, this has never been a problem, as the long boat is the only mode of transport to get them to school, and more so, towards a better tomorrow.

After the clean-up, volunteers brought Abdul Haji to inspect room they had prepared for him. He was deeply touched. [Photograph by Alex Tan Ah Lek]

Salmah informed Tzu Chi volunteers of her misery: “The hospital’s officials wanted us to make the room clean and hygienic so that my husband will not get infected so easily, but I just can’t afford to do that!”

At the home visit, volunteer Palaiya gave care recipient, Sawarah, a big hug, wishing her all the best. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

Led by home visit volunteers, more than ten new Indian volunteers participated in the monthly charity visit to Indian families. Without the language barrier, the care recipients felt more at ease and appreciated the warmth and love even more. These Indian volunteers saw the suffering of others and discovered how blessed they are and that they too can offer love and warmth.

Volunteers worked in groups to help Granny Chuay clean up her house. [Photograph by Ng Hock Thai]

Chuay Geok Swee, a 70-year-old elderly who lives alone, is always on guard and sceptical about others. Even though she would always turn to Tzu Chi volunteers for help, she never lets them into her house. One day, volunteers finally discovered her little secret…

Tzu Chi volunteers rushed to provide care upon learning about the fire breakout at Miao You Buddhist Temple in Kampung Baru Air Panas, Setapak. [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

Three people were killed when fire engulfed the 17-year-old Miao You Buddhist Temple in Kampung Baru Air Panas, Setapak at around 3 am on September 5, 2015. Among the deceased were the abbot, Venerable Xin Wu; the resident master, Venerable Yan Ping; and a lay disciple, Madam Chen Yu Mei from New Zealand.

Volunteers, Loo Mei Fong (left) and Lim Giok Hong, sent Fan Koon Cheong to the Centre from the care home, hoping that he could stand on his feet again soon one day. [Photography by Yong Siew Lee]

“Thank you…” expressed a thankful Fan Koon Cheong, a care recipient and amputee due to diabetes. Through a friend’s referral, Tzu Chi has subsidized the cost of dialysis, as well as, arranged for him to move into Melaka SOCSO Rehab Centre, hoping that he could stand on his two feet again soon.

Tzu Chi volunteers would always cheer Low Yeow Sin whenever he came to the free clinic for treatment. With love and care from everyone, he started to smile again. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

Polio victim, Low Yeow Sin, suffered a further blow when he had a stroke two years ago. He almost gave up at one point. However, with support and encouragement from his primary schoolmates, as well as, Tzu Chi volunteers from Melaka Buddhist Tzu-Chi Free Clinic, he finally stood up and smiled.

Nor Aisah’s (right) mother and sister were moved to tears in sharing her happiness. [Photograph by Yong Mun Fei]

Without her glasses, Nor Aisah could hardly see things clearly. It was taxing for her to read and write, and sometimes, she even tripped over and fell. Her face beamed with joy when volunteers presented her with a new pair of glasses, and that brought tears to her mother and sister’s eyes.