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Sunday, 23 June 2013 00:00

Washing Cars to Raise Funds

Written by  By Gan Chian Nee, Teh Aun Ni & Lim Beng Cin, Petaling Jaya / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Despite having to put on masks due to the heavy haze, the Collegiate Youth members worked hard to raise funds for their Sutra performance.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth held a charity car wash activity on June 23, 2013 to raise funds for their "Sutra of Filial Piety" performance. Besides raising funds, the other objective of the activity was to enable the youngsters to understand that 'money does not come easily'.


On June 23, 2013, Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur & Selangor held a Volunteer Training Course at Yuk Chai Chinese Primary School. Led by their seniors and volunteers, Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth were seen waiting at the main entrance to the school at 6 am, with a "Charity Car Wash" poster for interested car owners.

Before these young people went about their task, Tzu Chi volunteer, Ngooi Pek Wah briefed them on how to wash a car without scratching the paint.

The haze was thick that day, so everyone had to put on their masks while working. A total of 31 members formed 8 teams to carry out the task.

Thank you for your support

The idea of having this charity car wash to raise funds for the "Sutra of Filial Piety" performance by Collegiate Youth team was proposed by Tzu Chi volunteer, Lim Lea Kuai.

Many volunteers supported the charitable event. While paying for their car wash, these supporters were heard saying, "Please keep the change. You are the best, keep it up!"

Car owner, Zheng Shun Ji encouraged the youth members whom he said were worth supporting. Despite the poor air quality, the youngsters were undeterred in their mission to serve.

Joy of serving

"Oh dear – so dirty!" someone exclaimed.

Fu Ai Jun from TAR College replied, "The volunteers are very busy people. Their Saturdays and Sundays are allocated to Tzu Chi." Ai Jun and her 2 teammates managed to wash 4 cars in an hour.

The charges were set at RM5/- or RM8/-, depending on the size of the car washed. Car owner, Wei Yu Wen was very happy with the service. He said, "I expected you to clean only the windows, but you cleaned the whole car!"

Looking at the clean and shining cars, Collegiate Youth Lin Jia Min said, "I feel a sense of great achievement!"

Li Kai Xian said, "Maybe I should open a car wash shop. It feels good to see the cars looking like new after the wash."

Wang Wei Song from TAR College, who initially hesitated about joining the activity, had this to say, "It is not an easy task. I washed more than 10 cars and felt exhausted. However, I have no regrets coming today."

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Ngooi Pek Wah said another objective of this activity is to enable the youngsters to understand how hard their parents have to work to make money and to learn to be thrifty.

From 7 am to 1 pm, 134 cars were washed and a total of RM3,200/- was solicited. This amount far exceeded the actual revenue of RM670/- based on the number of cars washed.

 

The Collegiate Youth and friends getting ready to start work.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】 Ngooi Pek Wah (right) briefing the Collegiate Youth about the proper way to clean a car.【Photograph by Lee Wei Kean】

The Collegiate Youth and friends getting ready to start work.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Ngooi Pek Wah (right) briefing the Collegiate Youth about the proper way to clean a car.【Photograph by Lee Wei Kean】
Collegiate youth waiting at the main entrance with a 'Charity Car Wash' poster to invite car owners to participate in their activity.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】 The car wash team was formed by 3 members.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Collegiate youth waiting at the main entrance with a "Charity Car Wash" poster to invite car owners to participate in their activity.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

The car wash team was formed by 3 members.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】
Car owner, Zheng Shun Ji encouraged the youngsters whom he said were worth supporting.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】 Counting the money they earned through hard labour was a happy moment.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Car owner, Zheng Shun Ji encouraged the youngsters whom he said were worth supporting.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Counting the money they earned through hard labour was a happy moment.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】
Fu Ai Jun was meticulous in her work. She said she was happy to serve the elders (the volunteers).【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】 Li Kai Xian said he came late and missed a lot of opportunities to serve. His fellow colleagues, however, left him 2 cars to wash and he accepted without hesitation.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Fu Ai Jun was meticulous in her work. She said she was happy to serve the elders (the volunteers).【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

Li Kai Xian said he came late and missed a lot of opportunities to serve. His fellow colleagues, however, left him 2 cars to wash and he accepted without hesitation.【Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan】

 

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