It is again time for year-end appreciation dinners, commonly celebrated with sumptuous and extravagant meals. The associated waste of food that goes with the lavishness closely links to the subsistence of Mother Earth; and in recent years, “global warming” and “climate change” are no longer sayings but a reality felt by us.
Does Santa Claus exist? No matter what race or religion, little children do believe in Santa Claus and feel his existence around us. However, during Christmas, besides receiving presents and savouring in wholesome meals, is there any other meaning to it? While celebrating Christmas, let’s understand the story and spirit behind the celebration.
On November 26, 2016, UNHCR Tzu-Chi Education Centre held its annual Prize Giving-cum-Graduation Ceremony at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Early that morning, loud echoes of the National Anthem could be heard from the hall where 476 students and teachers gathered, marking the opening of the Ceremony. Everyone was familiar with the melody and lyrics of the local National Anthem despite differences in identity, as if signifying that everyone deserves the opportunity to receive education.
During the first graduation ceremony held at SJK(C) Tun Tan Siew Sin, “Great Love Mothers” from Putra Heights thoughtfully arranged a tea serving segment. “This is my first experience and I am very touched by it,” exclaimed all in unison.
With wide smiles, joined hands held high in the air, a group of big-hearted golfers and Tzu Chi volunteers, regardless of race, belief and religion, swayed and sang to the song, “We Are Family”, bringing the 2016 Tzu Chi Charity Golf event to a wonderful close.
On November 13, 2016, the last Parent-Child Bonding Class (PCBC) and graduation ceremony for participants from Shah Alam zone was held at Tzu Chi Kota Kemuning Community Centre. The opening ceremony featured a lively sign language performance by the children to the song, “Children of the Earth”.
At the graduation of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class in Muar, 59 teenagers depicted Tzu Chi’s Four Missions and Eight Footprints through a play, sign language and games. Volunteers have sown the seed of kindness in the hearts of these young adults with love and blessings, hoping that they could work on their dreams and face their future with confidence.
The last Parent-child Bonding Class and graduation ceremony was held at Tanjung Emas Park with the theme, “Recycle for our Earth”.
Three years soon passed by! Memories of their first day coming to the kindergarten, holding on tight to their parents with tearful eyes were still vivid. However, after three years of schooling, they now know how to take care of themselves and others. With their graduation robes on, they walked up the stage confidently to receive their first certification in education.
The 2016 Tzu Chi Youth Camp was held from October 7 to 9, at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. The 3D2N Camp was attended by more than 100 tertiary undergraduates from KL and Selangor who learnt together for the betterment of life.