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Charity News

Tzu Chi volunteers paid financial aid to Ong Bee Hwa who was affected by the windstorm. [Photograph by Tsze Hut Sea]

The residential area and hawker centre by the sea in Pengerang were hit by a windstorm recently, and upon hearing the news, Tzu Chi volunteers went to offer care and aid to the victims. Thankful for the timely assistance, one victim said, “It is very kind and thoughtful of you to travel so far to care for us and help us, thank you!”

CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Echo Chien (centre) and her Deputy, Sio Kee Hong (1st right) seen here lighting up the lamp together with the three eldest Indian care recipients. [Photograph by Ch’ng Kooi Tick]

On October 25, 2015, a Deepavali distribution was held at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. The event started with the CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Echo Chien, and her Deputy, Sio Kee Hong, walking with three eldest Indian care recipients towards the stage amidst traditional Indian music to light up the lamp with the candles in their hands. Other attendees then lit the candles on their tables and held them high, signifying “light prevails over darkness, goodness triumphs over evil”.

The Indian dance performance by recipients of Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme conveyed the message that goodness will triumph over evil. [Photograph by Tan Guat Khoon]

“The main reason we came here today is to let our children learn from Tzu Chi volunteers so that they will one day join the ranks to help the underprivileged. The gift pack and food are secondary…” claimed a grateful Thanaletchumy, who attended the Deepavali distribution with her wheelchair-bound husband and two children.


Volunteers celebrated Deepavali with Pakinathan and family. The programme and visits from relatives and friends have made Pakinathan so happy that he could not share enough with the volunteers. [Photograph by Lim Kar Guan]

This year’s Deepavali was special for Pakinathan a/l Gurubatham. Together with his wife, they watched with much joy their daughter performing “Happy Face” in sign language. Although they could not understand the Mandarin lyrics, through the song, the kids brought out the happy faces. The joy touched Pakinathan profoundly. He was thankful for such “happiness”, the greatest gift Master Cheng Yen had given him.

Tzu Chi volunteers giving out gift packs to pupils of SJK(T) Jasin. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

There were families that turned out in full force, waiting expectantly to receive their Deepavali gift packs; and there were some children, who did not know what to expect at their first participation. However, when the gift packs that were full of goodies were finally in their hands, happiness was all written on their faces. For these underprivileged families, to enjoy a happy festival was no more wishful thinking.

The relief aid included second-hand clothing from the general public. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]

At approximately 3 am on October 5, 2015, a fire broke out at Kampung Lupak Meluas Darat, Karamunting, when people were fast asleep. The fire, which left 204 people from 39 families homeless, also left 22 wooden houses totally destroyed and more than 10 others partially damaged.

Volunteers made use of a public holiday to clean up Grandpa Leong’s house. [Photograph by Chung Ming Mei]

“I am really glad to have you all cleaning up my house today… It looks brand new now!” said a happy 70-year-old Grandpa Leong Wei Seng as he thanked the volunteers. His words of appreciationdeeply moved the latter.

Robiah and her husband happily thanked the volunteers for helping them clean up their home. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

Suddenly there came screams and noises, “It wasn’t a rat, was it?” The bedroom was filled with flotsam and jetsam, even the door could barely be opened; while the kitchen was greasy.... After three years, care recipient Robiah finally allowed Tzu Chi volunteers to help clean up her home.

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.