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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.

With the set-up of a recycling centre on Pulau Ketam, Heng Bok Meng found the meaning in life and the best way to repay his beloved island. [Photograph by Tee Kim Wooi]

To ease the burden at the recycling centre, Heng Bok Meng would set aside one day in every three weeks to transport a full load of recyclables to Port Klang, converting the recyclables into kindness that could help more unfortunates.

From blood donation, barefoot marathon, photo shooting in the sea, enrolment into philosophy and life education courses to scooping rubbish up from the sea, Chua Hock Boon is never restrained by his Form 2 academic qualification. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

From donating blood, running a marathon on barefoot, navigating a boat for photo shooting in the sea, enrolling into philosophy and life education courses to scooping rubbish up from the sea, Chua Hock Boon has opened a door to an enriching life, unrestrained by his level of formal education, which stopped at Form 2.

Being the first person to promote recycling on Pulau Ketam, Tan Sow Lang is undeterred by the stares of puzzled onlookers, and the dirt and messiness of recyclables to collect recyclables from around the island on her bicycle. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]

Being the first person to promote recycling on Pulau Ketam, Tan Sow Lang had braved the grime and clutter, and stares of puzzled onlookers, to collect recyclables from around the island on her bicycle.

Yip Sook Ying always serves with full dedication. Her sincerity always made others feel comforted. [Photograph by Peng Han Ni]

While treading on the Bodhisattva Path, Yip Sook Ying realized that to purify minds, we must first give of our love. With the teachings of her late father and Master Cheng Yen close to her heart, she lovingly serves the underprivileged, bringing them a little warmth and comfort in a time of need.

Tan Siew Hiok attended the commissioning ceremony at Tzu Chi Melaka. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]

May 24, 2015, was an auspicious day for Tzu Chi Melaka as it welcomed a new batch of Tzu Chi Commissioners and Tzu Cheng dressed respectively in their demure dark blue cheongsam and suits, and wearing a tag, “With Buddha’s heart and Master’s conviction”. These new additions included Tan Siew Hiok, who had mixed feelings attending the commissioning ceremony.

Vjayandram a/l Govindasamy, aged 61, is the first Malaysian Indian to be certified as a Tzu Cheng. He hopes to help more lost souls like him to turn over a new leaf. [Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat]

Vjayandram a/l Govindasamy, aged 61, is the first Malaysian Indian to be certified as a Tzu Cheng. With Master Cheng Yen just 15 metres away, Vjaya shared that he would never forget the moment the Master pinned the Tzu Cheng badge onto his shirt and tapped him on his shoulder.

After leaving Tzu Chi for 14 years, Lee Shook Lan has found her spiritual way “home”, thanks to the inspirations from Dharma as Water. [Photograph by Yong Siew Lee]

After leaving Tzu Chi for 14 years, Lee Shook Lan has found her spiritual way “home”, thanks to the inspirations from Dharma as Water. She has vowed to follow the Master for lifetimes to come and walk the Bodhisattva Path to help the poor and needy.

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