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Fundraising through Dumpling Charity Sales

Written by  By Tey Peck Vin, Kevin Leong Kwai Seng & Wee Suan Yean, Petaling Jaya / Translated by Peggy Lee

Gan Wat Ngo (left) demonstrating the techniques of making dumplings besides sharing her learning experience through cooking.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】

Preparatory work for the "Sutra of Filial Piety" musical sign language performance has started since its initiation; and in June, performers commenced with their intensive rehearsals. On June 1, Petaling Jaya Ci Yi Association's volunteers, Ci Qing (Collegiate Youth) members gathered at Ci Yi Mother, Tong Siew Bee's house to make 1,000-plus vegetarian dumplings for sale to fund the upcoming performance.


On the early morning of May 21, four 'Ci Yi Mothers' joined Tzu Chi volunteer, Gan Wat Ngo on a trip to Kepong to purchase vegetarian ingredients for the making of dumplings. The Petaling Jaya 'Ci Yi and Ci Qing (Collegiate Youth)' Association had, since last year, initiated the making of dumplings to enable those who could not return home for the Duan Wu Festival (Dumpling Festival) to enjoy homemade dumplings. This year, 1,000-plus dumplings were made for a Charity Sale to raise funds for the upcoming "Sutra of Filial Piety" Musical Sign Language-cum-Drama Performance to be held on October 13, 2013.

On June 1 morning, a group of Ci Yi Fathers and Mothers, and Ci Qing members gathered at Sister Tong Siew Bee's house. They then went about their assigned chores, like setting up the gas stove, washing the glutinous rice, leaves, pots and so on. All were busy but joyful. Siew Bee, who was one of the coordinators, informed that 300 dumplings had been produced by some Ci Yi Mothers the day before; and for this activity, 1,000 dumplings was the target. Orders have been overwhelming thanks to all who supported the fundraising.

Life's lessons through dumpling-making

In order to produce the large number of dumplings, experienced volunteers were invited to guide this group of inexperienced youngsters. Sister Gan Wat Ngo, a culinary teacher from the Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre, was one of them.

Sister Wat Ngo brought along most of her cooking utensils from home. After setting up the stove outside the house, she went on to teach the outdoor cooking, which caught the attention of all, especially the group of adult volunteers. They crowded around her and paid full attention to the techniques and tips taught.

After demonstrating the method of frying the rice, Sister Wat Ngo then showed them the techniques of wrapping dumplings.

"The wrapping of dumpling is to test our endurance and loving care. We should have a pair of soft hands and a cautious heart, making sure that all the corners are well-filled. Fastening the string is another technique to learn because if it is too tightly fastened, it has no space for expansion and this will harden the dumpling. If it is too loose, the fillings will fall off easily. This exemplifies that if we were to hold ourselves back, there is no space to progress; but, if we set ourselves loose, we will become sluggish," shared Wat Ngo through her own experience.

She added, "Making dumplings is one of the ways to practise; and, to make people happy eating it, is another teaching. We must prepare the dumplings with sincerity, love and mindfulness. Only then will people feel blessed while eating the dumplings. I have learnt all these in Tzu Chi."

Surrounded by positive energy

Hu Jing Shi from University Malaya was extremely delighted to participate in the dumpling-making activity. As this was her first experience in making dumplings, the continuous practice and helping out at logistics had made her very tired. Nevertheless, she could feel the unity and cooperation from everyone. Although the wrapping of dumplings was not perfect, everyone encouraged each other not to give up. She had, in fact, felt the positive energy surrounding her throughout the day.

Another undergraduate from University Malaya, Gu Jia Yan, described joining Tzu Chi's activities as a chance to take a good rest. She also learnt from fellow senior volunteers that in order to render mutual understanding and cooperation, it is important to distribute the work equally and that one should not complain along the way.

Yummy dumplings warmed the hearts of all

Just before the end of the activity, the Senior Ci Qing members specially arranged a segment to show filial piety. All the elderly volunteers were invited to sit in a row while the Ci Qing members knelt down to feed them with the dumplings and serve them tea to show their respect.

This act not only surprised all the elderly present, but also moved them to tears. Some were even speechless as tears rolled down uncontrollably.

Su Feng Lian expressed, "At the age of 50-plus, this is the first time a child had knelt down to feed me. This is so warm and I'm so moved. Thank you to all of you for giving me such a meaningful day." The single mother further added that although she has two children with whom she gets along very well, she never had the experience of them kneeling down to feed her. Thus, she was very impressed; and when Ci Qing members knelt down in front of her, she looked upon them as her own. She declared that she would take part in more Tzu Chi activities in future and had also committed to help out at food preparation for the upcoming activity.

Xu Yi Xin from HELP University, who was one of the performers at the sign language presentation, went round hugging every single elderly volunteer after the serving of dumplings and tea. When queried, he said that this group of 'Papas and Mamas' had wholeheartedly given their time, efforts and financial aid to raise funds for this activity. This spirit alone deserved a big hug!



A total of RM8,930/- was raised through the sale of dumplings. That aside, it is hoped that the musical sign language performance of the "Sutra of Filial Piety" has connected the hearts of both the youngsters and the volunteers, who successfully guided the young ones to perform filial piety and to respect their parents. Besides enjoying the tasty homemade dumplings during the festival, this group of young adults from all over the country also had a great opportunity experiencing the humanistic culture of Tzu Chi.

 

Purchasing of ingredients for dumpling-making in Kepong on the early morning of May 21.【Photograph by Teh Seng Lim】 All volunteers paying full attention to Wat Ngo for cooking tips.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】

Purchasing of ingredients for dumpling-making in Kepong on the early morning of May 21.【Photograph by Teh Seng Lim】

All volunteers paying full attention to Wat Ngo for cooking tips.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】
Lim Ah Chong (right) teaching the method of steaming to the youngsters.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】 Fillings of the dumplings being prepared with love and mindfulness.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】

Lim Ah Chong (right) teaching the method of steaming to the youngsters.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】

Fillings of the dumplings being prepared with love and mindfulness.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】
Strings and strings of yummy dumplings made with everyone's love and care.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】 Xu Yi Xin from HELP University seen here hard at work. He was also one of the performers at the musical sign language performance.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】

Strings and strings of yummy dumplings made with everyone's love and care.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】

Xu Yi Xin from HELP University seen here hard at work. He was also one of the performers at the musical sign language performance.【Photograph by Chan Yunn Horng】
Time to feed each other. Such a warm episode.【Photograph by Kevin Leong Kwai Seng】 Youngsters learnt to perform filial piety by kneeling down to feed the elderly. Everyone was deeply touched.【Photograph by Kevin Leong Kwai Seng】

Time to feed each other. Such a warm episode.【Photograph by Kevin Leong Kwai Seng】

Youngsters learnt to perform filial piety by kneeling down to feed the elderly. Everyone was deeply touched.【Photograph by Kevin Leong Kwai Seng】

 

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