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Sunday, 03 March 2013 00:00

Role Models of the Youth

Written by  By Leong Kwai Seng & Gan Chian Nee, Klang / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

The seniors presenting the sign language of 'Remember the Affinity'. 【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

On March 2-3, 2013, some 80 senior members of Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur & Selangor's Collegiate Youth Association gathered at Tzu Chi Klang for a Camp to discuss about the Association's 2013 Development Plan.


Towards the end of 2012, a few pioneer members of Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth (Tzu Ching) in Kuala Lumpur decided to team up and provide support to their younger senior members in leading the Association. Thus, this Camp was organized.

Senior Keong Chee Hoe shared that Collegiate Association is different from other Tzu Chi's groups in that many members would leave the Association after their graduation. But, those who stayed back to work here are highly in demand in the community. Therefore, there is a need to nurture new leaders for the Association, and this has prompted Chee Hoe to return to the fold.

Another senior member, Chan Suan Sim, who is now a volunteer leader in the community, also promised to give her support to the junior team.

Overcoming all difficulties to fulfill vows

Lo Kang Lu and Koay Si Hui were the core members of Putra University's Collegiate Youth Association in 1990s. Now, they are staff of Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur & Selangor.

Si Hui recalled: "Our seniors, Mother Lay Choo and Father Zhang, were very lenient. When we wanted to hold a large scale talk event in our campus, they appointed me as the Coordinator. I felt a great sense of achievement." She added that the seniors were very generous although they were not rich; and besides bringing food for us, they had always allocated their time to be with us.

Kang Lu shared that in order to successfully promote Tzu Ching, teamwork is needed. During his time, there was a "Tzu Ching Home", a meeting place where the collegiate members and volunteers would meet regularly and had heart-to-heart talks like a family.

"Charity visit is a good way to inspire the young people's compassion. We must think of ways to attract the young people like organizing wholesome activities that include raising international relief funds, spiritual enhancement talks and so on."

The Tzu Ching members then were determined to overcome all difficulties to fulfill their promise to Master Cheng Yen.

It is my responsibility

Wong Jian Jing and Wong Zi Yin, two active seniors in the Association, were invited to share in the Camp.

Jian Jing became a teacher after graduation and although teaching is a demanding job, she still allocates time to accompany the junior Tzu Ching members. She has never given up her responsibilities as a senior despite her health condition and financial status.

Zi Yin revealed that she used to be an egoistic and emotional person. When Jian Jing was appointed as a leader, she was unhappy because she thought she was more capable of holding this post. However, later when she was appointed as leader, she could not get along well with other members.

When she finally realized that she could not carry on that way, she knew she must change her attitude. After putting her heart into the job of accompanying the junior members, she realized that it was not as simple as having meals together and chit-chatting. She must treat them as family members.

Jian Jing and Zi Yin both agreed that a team is needed to successfully promote the Association to more people.

Besides sharing sessions, the participants also played teambuilding games.

Helping the juniors

Tey Peck Vin said the Camp had enabled her to rethink her role as a senior. She should not focus on organizing activities for them but to be more concerned about how to guide them onto the right path.

Fresh graduate, Ma Ying En said, "Although I am still new in the Association, I am nevertheless clear about my direction. I am not afraid to take up the responsibilities as a senior member because we have a team."

Dai Hang Zheng thanked the volunteers for taking care of their needs during the Camp as this had enabled them to concentrate on the classes. Hang Zheng also apologized to Jian Jing for being inconsiderate and rude to her when she did not respond to his call immediately.

Leong Hao Qiang said the senior Tzu Ching members are highly in demand in the community. However, he has decided to spend less time in the community so that he could accompany the juniors, which is his responsibility, as well as, promote Tzu Ching among the youth.

 

About 80 senior members attended the Camp to reach a consensus on their 2013 plan. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】   Wong Jian Jing (centre) and Wong Zi Yin (right) are two active senior members of the Association. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】

About 80 senior members attended the Camp to reach a consensus on their 2013 plan. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】
 
Wong Jian Jing (centre) and Wong Zi Yin (right) are two active senior members of the Association. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】
 
The participants playing a teambuilding game. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】   The participants discussing about staging a musical sign language performance of the 'Sutra of Filial Piety' this year. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】

The participants playing a teambuilding game. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】
 
 
The participants discussing about staging a musical sign language performance of the 'Sutra of Filial Piety' this year. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】
 
Lo Kang Lu sharing his experience in accompanying the juniors. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】   Dai Hang Zheng thanked the senior volunteers for taking care of them during the Camp and repented for being rude to Jian Jing. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】

Lo Kang Lu sharing his experience in accompanying the juniors. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】
 
 
Dai Hang Zheng thanked the senior volunteers for taking care of them during the Camp and repented for being rude to Jian Jing. 【Photograph by Ho Wen Yee】

 

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