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A drug addict and drug trafficker in the past, Liew Yoon Hee’s life was transformed after he encountered Tzu Chi. Now, he carries out good deeds and inspires kindness in others. [Photograph by How Siew Heok]

“When I was young, I was rebellious, hot tempered, and disrespectful towards my parents…” said Liew Yoon Hee, who self-proclaimed himself a disobedient boy.

Having practised Buddhism for over 15 years, Tzu Chi volunteer, Kee Pang Hooi was quick to calm herself and face life’s challenges with a settled mind. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

“I still remember when I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, the doctor said the tumour was not small and there was an increased risk of metastasis.” Volunteer Kee Pang Hooi recalled how panicked she was with the diagnosis.

The happy smile of her patients is always the motivational force for Physician Thoo Lien Yin (right) to keep serving. [Photograph by Julie Yen Yu Chu]

While many people at the golden age of 70 years old would prefer to enjoy a carefree life, there are some who choose to continue giving their service wherever it is needed.

Chua Beng Choo is mainly responsible for bundling newspapers and sorting papers. She said proudly, “They like the bundles of newspaper that I tie up because they are tight and weigh just nice.” [Photograph by Loh Siew Chien]

It is common for life to become bland and uninteresting as one retires from work and ages. It gets even worse when one suffers from illnesses. While some may lose their passion for life and live out their days in gloom, yet they are those, who continue to contribute to society with their experiences gained and live life energetically and happily.

Riyani from Indonesia felt strongly that it is neither the completion nor graduation. Rather, she got an invisible transcript of life, and it is all on her to decide how she would fare. [Photograph by Lee Kwee Yap]

“Though today is the last day of the course, to me this isn’t graduation. Rather, I have just been given an invisible sheet of my transcript of life, and my homework has just begun…” A volunteer-in-training, Riyani Agustina Widjaja, commented at the end of the last volunteer training session in 2017. To her, she now has an invisible blank sheet of her transcript of life, and it is up to her to create her worth.

Photo shows Chan Choon Bim explaining resource classification to the young ones. [Photograph by Ng Shie Yuh]

“I do not wish to contribute money only. I want to serve humanity personally.” These were the thoughts imprinted on Chan Choon Bim’s mind upon encountering Tzu Chi in 1995 when he was still an undergraduate. When he crossed path again with the Foundation in 2011, he happily immersed himself in various activities and even assumed the leadership role within the recycling mission.

Lee Kim Tong and Chow Yet Lan were exchanging notes in training class. After getting the third journal this year, the couple has finally overcome all obstacles propelled by a strong determination. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

There is an old saying that “men seldom live to 70”, but for volunteer Lee Kim Tong, his new chapter in life begins at 80. In October 2016, he returned to Tzu Chi’s spiritual home in Hualien to be certified as a Tzu Cheng Faith Corp by Master Cheng Yen. That ceremony marked the beginning of a lifelong commitment, as he can no longer muddle along through life.

Lee Siow Si shared that her brother has changed to an easy-going person from a hot-tempered person. [Photograph by Ang Cheng Peng]

“He used to be hot-tempered but is now easy-going.” “She used to be brand-conscious but prefers the Tzu Chi brand now.” Lee Siow Si of 27 and her elder brother, Lee Kia How of 33 were both teasing each other.

Lim Mee Ling was finally certified as a Tzu Chi Commissioner after five years. [Photograph by Zhan Jin De]

“We were both busy with our lives after graduation. But when we met again, I envied her radiant complexion,” Lim Mee Ling exclaimed. She was very keen to find out about her secondary schoolmate, Ngooi Pek Wah’s natural happiness.

The phrase from Master Cheng Yen, “It’s ok to be illiterate, but one must know about reasoning”, has greatly encouraged the 76-year-old Goh Cheng Lian to pursue Tzu Chi’s mission. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

Slightly hunched, Goh Cheng Lian stood in front of the washing basin cleaning a pile of cutlery. The granny has always performed her tasks silently.

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