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Tuesday, 10 April 2007 16:31

Muar Volunteers' Help in Moving House

Written by  Reported & photographyed by Kang Miew Tiang / Translated by Lee Ren Hui

【Caring Case/Muar.Hu Ze Min】

Volunteers working together to move furniture into the new house, which were laid out in accordance with Hu Ze Min wishes.

Hu Ze Min's old wooden house could collapse at any time due to termite infestation. All his neighbours have moved out of the area, except for Hu.

As he is old and unable to move freely, volunteers were on hand to help him pack for the move. To repay the great love of Tzu Chi, Hu is now doing good deeds to help others.

Fifty-seven year old Hu Ze Min lives alone and is physically compromised as a result of meningitis which impaired his spinal nerves and affected his coordination. As such, he has been unable to work. Since 2002, Tzu Chi Muar has been providing him with monthly subsistence allowance, while volunteers have been taking him to the rehabilitation centre for therapy every week.

Hu Ze Min's old wooden house was infested with termites, and a beam could collapse at any time, resulting in power cut. Except for Hu, all his neighbours have moved out, and the abandoned houses have become a drug addict haunt and a fire hazard. In view of this, volunteers decided to move him out of the area.

On 10 April 2007, and under the hot sun, volunteers helped Hu Ze Min to move out. They took care of everything including cleaning, packing, and moving him and his belongings into a new house. Hu Ze Min was very touched and moved by their efforts. He said: "When I have to move, I immediately thought of Tzu Chi people. Only Tzu Chi people will come to help me." He has been fearful of his poor health and immobility, but his feelings were put to rest when volunteers came to his aid.

In view of Hu Ze Min's immobility, Liang Guo Xiong senior brought Hu along to find a new home that is close to the city and to amenities. During the cleaning-up process, volunteers sought Hu's approval about what items should be moved to the new home, and which should be sent for recycling. On the day of moving, volunteers decorated the new home according to Hu's wishes.

Liang Guo Xiong's first experience in house moving made him very happy as it allowed him to help others. With cooperation and hard work from the volunteers, the logistic of moving was made easier, smoother and more pleasant.

When Hu Ze Min learned that Tzu Chi does recycling for charitable purposes, his immobility did not prevent him from collecting and recovering recyclable items off the streets. He would then request volunteers to take the recyclable items back to Tzu Chi. He said that waste on the streets are considered gold at Tzu Chi. In addition to being a monthly donor, he also contributes his effort towards charity.

On his first day in a new home, Hu Ze Min felt very happy and was thankful that Tzu Chi volunteers have kept him company for the past few years. He wished for Tzu Chi to continue to grow and to promote its spirit of love.

As a family, we stay together. In unity, there is strength. The many hands of volunteers have provided great strength in helping others with compassion and loving-kindness.

 

When all the work was completed, volunteers affixed glowing red couplets, for an auspicious beginning for the new home. Volunteers helped Hu Ze Min to pack some old household items.

Volunteers helped Hu Ze Min to pack some old household items.

When all the work was completed, volunteers affixed glowing red couplets, for an auspicious beginning for the new home.

 

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