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Sunday, 20 November 2016 00:00

Golfing for Education

Written by  Fu Jia Lik, KL & Selangor

Volunteer Lim Wee Chai, Organizing Chairman of the 2016 Tzu Chi Charity Golf event highlighted that, “If we educate and train one good person, there will be one less bad person in society.” [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]

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.


The charity golf tournament held at The Mines Resort & Golf Club on November 20, 2016, was organized as part of Tzu Chi Foundation’s efforts to raise funds for the building of the Tzu Chi International School in Bukit Jalil, KL.

A total of 119 golfers participated in the event. At the same time, Tzu Chi’s efforts in helping the victims of Hurricane Matthew were shared with all present, and this drew more donations to support the ongoing efforts in Haiti.

A first for many

It was volunteer Tan Mooi Seng’s first experience acting as the Main Coordinator of a Tzu Chi event. He shared that he was rather nervous and tensed as this was his first important role in a large scale event that involved many external parties.

For this event, he enlisted assistance from more than 20 other volunteers from the Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group along with other Tzu Chi volunteers. For many of these volunteers, it was also their first time participating in the Tzu Chi Charity Golf event. It was quite a challenge for some volunteers who did not know the rules of golfing or how it is played.

Mooi Seng recited Master Cheng Yen’s teachings of “Excellence is achieved by being mindful”, “Whatever that is right, just do it” and “Learn through experience, realize through learning, and awaken through thorough realization”. These words encouraged him and the other volunteers to pour their energy and commitment towards their tasks, regardless of the trials they faced. From the invitation of guests, collection of donation, traffic control, serving of meals, to the speeches and award presentations, each and every individual played their role diligently. In true Tzu Chi spirit, it was through the selfless giving and cooperation amongst the team that brought the event to such a great success.

A unique and enjoyable golfing experience

After a healthy “leicha” lunch, the players were briefed on the objective and programme of the fundraising event, a brief introduction to some of Tzu Chi’s work, along with available prizes for the winners of the competition. Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew, who sponsored the venue for the tournament, shared four short poems in Malay to welcome the golfers. His poems were simple to understand, yet rich in values and morals that a golfer should embrace. His messages managed to set a lively and friendly tone for the start of the tournament.

This was golfer Tonny Toh’s first experience in an event wholly organized by Tzu Chi and he was very enthralled by it.

Tonny is an avid golfer, often playing golf three times a week. Out of all the tournaments and golf events he had attended, this was one of the best. He liked how Tzu Chi wants all players to enjoy themselves and the game, instead of focusing on the competition. As a result, the entire atmosphere created felt like a big family gathering to him.

Tzu Chi volunteers’ spirited nature has greatly impressed Tonny and made him feel very much at home. He was amazed by how everyone was willing to help out in just about anything, regardless of the nature of the task – even a small action like filling up water bottles for the golfers was carried out joyfully!

At the end of the event, Tonny added that he was humbled when he witnessed how all the volunteers had served and carried out their tasks as equals, without differentiating amongst one another according on financial status, background, or rank and seniority within the Tzu Chi Foundation. His first encounter with Tzu Chi was great and he is looking forward to get to know Tzu Chi better.

Tzu Chi International School – a new milestone in education

In her speech, volunteer Yeo Kar Peng shared these words of Master Cheng Yen: “Education gives hope to children and children are the hope of society.” The event’s Organizing Chairman, Lim Wee Chai also shared that, “If we educate and train one good person, there will be one less bad person in society.”

In Malaysia, Tzu Chi’s efforts within the Education Mission have evolved over the years. From only providing study grants to assist children from poor families to gain access to education, Tzu Chi is now also assisting with expenses in food for the children in school, transportation, extra tuition classes and also rewards for academic excellence. All these serve to reduce absenteeism, and encourage students to actively improve their school grades. Additionally, Tzu Chi is also working to educate refugee children within the Klang Valley.

Today, there is a total of ten Da Ai Kindergartens across Malaysia, providing excellent education to the young. Now, with the building of the International School, Tzu Chi is able to extend its unique education to children in primary and secondary schools as well.

The Tzu Chi International School is a non-profit school with a vision to become an excellent school of international standards founded on humanistic values. It seeks to provide quality, holistic education with equal emphasis on academic excellence, moral development and humanistic culture. It will be built in Bukit Jalil, on a land covering approximately seven acres; and its construction is expected to be completed by 2019.

This school will follow the model of the Tzu Chi International School in Indonesia, providing education in all three main languages in Malaysia, namely English, Chinese and Bahasa Malaysia. The school will also be providing lessons in flower arrangement, wushu, and various other co-curricular activities. Children will also be educated on the importance of respect and how to demonstrate their love for their parents.

Children, our society’s future

“The money we collected are not for ourselves. Together, let us develop and strengthen moral values within the society,” shared Tan Sri Lee through a poem during his closing speech. This statement greatly reflected the hearts of every donor present, as well as all the volunteers at the event.

It is greatly anticipated that the Tzu Chi International School will be able to impact the new generation of youths in Malaysia and develop capable, loving individuals, who will be able to reciprocate and contribute to our society, nation and the world.

 

Group photo of the 119 golfers before tee-off and start of the tournament, with the Tzu Chi Charity Golf sign and golf course as backdrop. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]   Each flight of golfers had the chance for a group photo with the Tzu Chi signage during their crossover. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]

Group photo of the 119 golfers before tee-off and start of the tournament, with the Tzu Chi Charity Golf sign and golf course as backdrop. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
Each flight of golfers had the chance for a group photo with the Tzu Chi signage during their crossover. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
Volunteers performed a sign language presentation for the guests present to share some of Tzu Chi’s values through the song. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]   Volunteer Thong Yee Moy (3rd from left), her husband and her five children were the largest family in attendance at the event. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]

Volunteers performed a sign language presentation for the guests present to share some of Tzu Chi’s values through the song. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
 
Volunteer Thong Yee Moy (3rd from left), her husband and her five children were the largest family in attendance at the event. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]
 
Volunteer Lim Wee Chai (left) presented Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew with a book as a token of appreciation for his generosity in providing the venue for the event. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]  

Volunteer Lim Wee Chai (left) presented Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew with a book as a token of appreciation for his generosity in providing the venue for the event. [Photograph by Fu Wing Hoong]