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Sunday, 28 October 2018 00:00

Mission of Love – Volunteering for a Meaningful Life

Written by  Tan Kim Hion, KL & Selangor / Translated by Kithanjeele

Fanny Juan, who found the value of her life in Tzu Chi, shared how selfless giving fills her daily life with positive energy and joy. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

Kindness begins with me, each of us counts. Shiky Koh brought along her two aunties, uncle and a friend to join the “Mission of Love” event held at the Tzu-Chi Free Clinic in Pudu. Having realized the power of kindness through the event, they decided to join as Tzu Chi volunteers, to bring love and kindness to everyone.


After the 9/11 incident in the US in 2001, Master Cheng Yen initiated a campaign, “One Person, One Good Deed”, hoping that people would be awakened to the need to evoke kindness in everyone, in order to mitigate disasters in the world.

On October 12 and 13, 2018, Tzu Chi volunteers in Malacca and Penang ran the “One Person, One Good Deed” campaign for this year, hoping to bring together the love of all Malaysians to allay disasters.

In conjunction with the campaign, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor shared touching real-life stories via short films produced and posted on Facebook, along with thought-provoking messages, such as, “How many families can a kind thought change? How many suffering people can a pair of hands relieve? One person, one good deed. Let us bring love and warmth to our community,” to call upon the public to join its “Mission of Love” and experience for themselves the joy of giving.

Spreading love

On October 28, thirty-three individuals who registered themselves for the “Mission of Love” via Facebook, gathered at the Tzu-Chi Free Clinic in Kuala Lumpur, in full anticipation for the event. A video recording was played to show the activities that had taken place since the Free Clinic was established in December 2007.

To help the participants initiate interaction with the patients at the Free Clinic, each participant was given a heart-shaped card to write down their well wishes before presenting them to the patients. Often time, upon giving and receiving the card, both the giver and receiver would smile at each other, filling the room with a warm ambience.

With help of Myanmarese staff at the Free Clinic, volunteers also explained to the Myanmarese refugees waiting to see a doctor at the Free Clinic that the Indonesian earthquake victims were still waiting for assistance to help rebuild their homes. Knowing that it is a blessing to be living in a safe and peaceful country, the patients donated to help the victims.

Lee Swee Siong, Shiky’s uncle, who was present, was moved to see the love and kindness in others. He mentioned that he likes to do good deeds and will always seize any opportunity to contribute to society within his means. He was also happy to note that the Free Clinic offers Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western medicine treatments to cater to the needs of many needy patients, and that the medical professionals and volunteers were caring towards the patients. He said, “It is a good opportunity to have a day to relax in between a hectic week. It is quite a good experience. At least it makes our life worthwhile when doing something meaningful.”

Swee Siong revealed that he has always had an interest in TCM treatment and had thought of taking a course in this field. However, considering his age and that he did not know where he could take the course and apply the knowledge, he did not take further action. Thus, when he heard about the “Mission of Love” event, he registered for it. He exclaimed that this is not only a place to learn, but also a place for one to give.

Touching sharing

Teong Cheng Yee, Matthew Lim, Fanny Juan and Ng Kok Ching, who have been volunteering at the Free Clinic for years, shared their joy with the participants.

Cheng Yee shared that the Free Clinic resembles a family full of love. She witnessed the stroke patients recovering gradually, and patients who returned to visit the medical professionals and volunteers after recovery. These heart-touching moments fortified her resolve to serve at the Free Clinic.

Matthew said that because of the voluntary work, life becomes much more wonderful for him. He remarked, “We do not have to be a professional to be a volunteer at the Free Clinic. What is required is a sincere heart to serve.” He looked forward to the participants joining the medical volunteer team and showering their love and care on the patients.

Kok Ching, a TCM practitioner, expressed his gratitude towards the medical volunteers, for the great care and moral support that they offered to the patients. This has enabled him to treat the patients wholeheartedly.

As for Fanny, she found the value of her life serving at the Free Clinic. It also filled her life with positive energy and spiritual joy.

Unexpected awakening

Shiky was deeply touched by the volunteers’ sharing. It made her realize that what a patient needs the most is none other than love, company and care. She has been thinking of ways to help others since her mother’s demise a month ago. Then, her aunt saw this “Mission of Love” event on Tzu Chi’s Facebook Page and shared the information with her. Feeling that Tzu Chi might be the organization that she has been looking for, she invited another aunt of hers, her uncle and a friend to participate in the event together.

Shiky informed, “When we got to know that the volunteers at the Free Clinic are actually Tzu Chi volunteers, we are happy to volunteer with Tzu Chi. I really hope that I can do what I can and offer my time to help others and care for the patients.”

Faced with her mother’s sudden demise, Shiky realized that life and death are between breaths. She could not help but sob when she recounted the time her mother fell ill. Her late mother was quite healthy despite having kidney problem. But one month ago, she suddenly fell seriously ill and was diagnosed with vascular occlusion. Her condition required her to undergo surgery immediately, and because of her kidney problem, the doctor advised her to go to a better equipped hospital. Unfortunately, her blood pressure dropped drastically after she was transferred to another hospital and she passed away two days later before undergoing surgery.

Shiky said, “It all happened in four days, from taking my mum from our hometown to a hospital in KL, to her demise. Witnessing a healthy person falling into an unconscious state and suddenly died really scared me. That time, my aunt asked some Tzu Chi volunteers whom she knew to visit us at the hospital. They said good words and blessings to my mum, and also asked me to hold mum’s hands to give her comfort.” Shiky believed that both her mother and her did not have any regrets as she had accompanied her mother until her last breath of life.

The sudden demise of her mother made Shiky realize the impermanence of life and that also motivated her to seize the opportunity to participate in the “Mission of Love”. What she experienced and heard during the event has further strengthened her intention to give and do good deeds without further ado.

An obligation

Tay Siok Fah, a kindergarten teacher, has always felt that helping others is something very important and that everyone should aspire to help. With the enthusiasm to help others, she participated in the “Mission of Love” and indicated her intention to become a volunteer at the Free Clinic after the event.

She shared, “My family and I had received help from others and now it is time for me to reciprocate. Coming here, I realized that Tzu Chi is attentive and has done a good job in caring for the patients, especially in helping the stateless people regardless of their identity. It offers assistance with the sole intention to help.”

Siok Fah was glad that she finally found a channel to do good deeds. She believed that with collective kindness and efforts of everyone in the Tzu Chi family, they can surely help more needy people. She also firmly believes that becoming a volunteer and spreading love around will make her life happier and more meaningful.

“One Person, One Good Deed” campaign should be a continuous movement because in order to save the world, we must start from purifying the mind. It is hoped that the “Mission of Love” can bring about a ripple effect of love and kindness, driving more people to join Tzu Chi’s voluntary work and fill the world with human warmth.

 

 

When pooled together, little kindness can become great strength. As the Jing Si Aphorism goes, “Count me in when doing good deeds,” let us extend our helping hands to those in need! [Photograph  by Lim Chin Shein]   Everyone smiled happily during the card giving session in the “Mission of Love” event. [Photograph by Lim Kar Guan]

When pooled together, little kindness can become great strength. As the Jing Si Aphorism goes, “Count me in when doing good deeds,” let us extend our helping hands to those in need! [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]
 
Everyone smiled happily during the card giving session in the “Mission of Love” event. [Photograph by Lim Kar Guan]
 
Shiky Koh (left), her two aunts (2nd & 3rd left), uncle Lee Swee Siong (2nd right) and a friend (right) joined the “Mission of Love” event together. After the event, all five of them decided to volunteer with Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]  

Shiky Koh (left), her two aunts (2nd & 3rd left), uncle Lee Swee Siong (2nd right) and a friend (right) joined the “Mission of Love” event together. After the event, all five of them decided to volunteer with Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]