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Sunday, 16 December 2012 00:00

Second Tzu Chi Teenagers' Camp in Kuching

Written by  By Documenting Team, Kuching / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Teh Wee Siew guiding the children on how to set goals.【Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung】

Tzu Chi Kuching held its second Teenagers' Camp on December 15-16, 2012. A total of 62 teenagers participated in the Camp and more than 100 Tzu Chi volunteers helped out behind the scene.


Aimed at opening the minds of the teenagers and encouraging them to be ambitious, this 2-Day-1-Night Camp attracted more participants than anticipated. Out of the 100 volunteers who helped, 29 were teenagers. Some of these young volunteers came as far away as Sri Aman, a town located 200km away. Such commendable spirit from these youngsters is admirable!

Through games, movies, assignments and questionnaires, the participants were not only encouraged to be ambitious, but they were taught to focus on moral cultivation, character building, acquisition of living skills and environmental protection.

Su Zhi Ying, who portrayed the angel in the sketch, "Magician and Angel", opined that young people today do not take good care of themselves and that saddens their parents and family members. She had this advice for other teens: "Besides taking good care of ourselves, when helping others, we should show our sincerity and be understanding of their feelings."

Set a goal and pursue it unwaveringly

Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s volunteer, Teh Wee Siew taught the children the meaning of "responsibility", "time management", "emotional management" and "self-reliance".

She told the participants, "You are responsible for your own happiness. Get to know yourself better. Don't be enslaved by your emotions. Dare to dream and life will be full of hope!"

Wee Siew also told the participants that to achieve success in life depends very much on how well we deal with the negativities that life throws in our way rather than being bestowed with all things good. She encouraged the participants to identify their potentials, set goals, and work towards their goals unwaveringly.

Participant Cao Jin Yu is a smart girl, who has set her goal to become a doctor in the future. Prior to attending this Camp, her ambition to be a doctor was purely because it is a very lucrative career choice. Now, she thinks that being a doctor is a good career in which she can help many poor people through TIMA (Tzu Chi International Medical Association).

Mind-awakening lesson

Another volunteer from Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Ma Lay Hwa conducted the "Environmental Protection" lesson for the children. She said that man’s greed and desire for meat, excessive development and so on, are hurting Planet Earth. She urged all to show their mercy to Planet Earth by supporting vegetarianism.

When the children were shown a movie on how animals were slaughtered, Chen Hui Yi cried and said, "It must have been very painful for them! I don't want to eat meat anymore!"

A wonderful experience

Sixteen-year old Nurul Farahin Sakinah and her younger sister, Nurul Erriana Addilla, who are both fluent in Mandarin, were the two Malay participants at the Camp.

Nurul Farahin, who was a helper in this Camp said, "I am happy for the opportunity to contribute. Tzu Chi helped us, so we must reciprocate."

Participant Nurul Erriana thanked volunteers for inviting her to the Camp because she has made new friends and learnt many new things.

The seeds of kindness were planted, and may they all germinate

The parents and family members of the participants were invited to join the closing ceremony. More than 90 attended this event.

Chen Li Feng was so impressed and touched by her daughter, Cao Jin Yu's speech that she cried while listening to her. Jin Yu's father said, "Jin Yu has gained more self-confidence! Tzu Chi teaches the children about positive thinking, and this is helpful towards their personality development. We will help our daughter to realize her dream."

The children also performed sign language, sang songs and staged sketches at the closing ceremony. The proud parents were seen busily taking pictures of their children on stage.

Participant Chen Ke Hua's parents were surprised but happy to be served tea by their son as he had never done this before. "He has matured!" said the mother.

Ke Hua's father, a diabetic with mobility difficulties said, "This is filial piety! We want him to join the Teenagers' Class next year."

The seeds of kindness had been planted in the hearts of these teenagers, and may they all germinate soon.

The 2013 Teenagers' Class welcomes you with open arms!

 

The The participants performing sign language at the closing ceremony.【Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung】

The "magician" and "angel" had a very enlightening conversation.【Photograph by Tan Pui Lee】

The participants performing sign language at the closing ceremony.【Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung】
The participants playing a game named Su Zhi Ying believes man has the ability to overcome their handicaps and live a wonderful life.【Photograph by Tan Pui Lee】

The participants playing a game named "Concerted Effort".【Photograph by Fu Oi Jong】

Su Zhi Ying believes man has the ability to overcome their handicaps and live a wonderful life.【Photograph by Tan Pui Lee】
Nurul Farahin said, Chen Ke Hua's father was so happy that he hugged his son when the latter served him tea. He said,

Nurul Farahin said, "I am happy for the opportunity to contribute. Tzu Chi helped us, so we must reciprocate."【Photograph by Ng Hsiung Hsiung】

Chen Ke Hua's father was so happy that he hugged his son when the latter served him tea. He said, "This is filial piety".【Photograph by Tan Pui Lee】

 

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