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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.

Tzu Chi Trainee Commissioners, Yeo Sung Ho and Low Siew Yong, accompanied by their son Yeo Twee Tien, went on stage and received blessings from all. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

While most would feel homesick, especially having to receive medical treatment far from one’s homeland, yet there was a sense of belonging – all due to the care from local volunteers. Upon returning home, Yeo Twee Tien and his parents reciprocated with their time and energy. Instead of staying at home looking after their grandchildren, the retired grandparents have devoted themselves to serving the humanity.

The strong and healthy Teo Soo (left) has partnered Benny Lee for almost three years. They have developed a good understanding between them. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

In Tzu Chi Melaka, two aged volunteers, Teo Soo and Khoo Kim Choo, used to be recycling truck attendants, who worked well with the driver, Benny Lee. However, from this year onwards, and due to her illness, Kim Choo has chosen to stay at the recycling centre to do sorting, while Teo Soo, despite her vertebral injury, continues with outdoor recycling activity. Both have found joy by serving in Tzu Chi.

Volunteer Yee Kok Yan (on wheelchair) departed peacefully on February 24, 2016. [Photograph by Lim Say Loong]

Two weeks plus into the Lunar New Year, volunteer Yee Kok Yan departed peacefully, marking an end to his 37-year journey of life. Volunteers bade him a final farewell and wished him a quick rebirth to resume his much-loved role as a Tzu Chi volunteer.

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