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Sunday, 05 March 2017 00:00

An Inspiring Institutional Care Visit for Tzu Ching

Written by  Tung Khai Yeng, Sabah / Translated by Yi Qin

Chong Yung Key, who visited the Likas Cheshire Home for the first time, served the residents with a sincere heart. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]

Tzu Ching members from Kota Kinabalu visited the Likas Cheshire Home on March 5, 2017, to help the residents with clean-up, and bring them love and joy.


Before the visit, Wong Khee Yen, a Tzu Ching member, briefed the participants on the purpose of the visit. She cited a Jing Si Aphorism, “Giving does not always involve monetary term but a sincere heart,” and reminded everyone to express their care to the residents while carrying out their designated roles.

Give with a sincere heart

Armed with cleaning paraphernalia, the Tzu Ching members cleaned the spacious bedroom, cleared the thick layer of dust on the fans and window panels, and braved the unpleasant odour to wash the toilets. Their only wish was to give the physically and/or mentally-challenged residents a clean living environment.

After cleaning up, some of them carefully helped to trim the residents’ nails, while a Tzu Ching member, Low Jia Min, volunteered to groom the residents’ hair. Despite her injured arm, she was seen holding the scissors in one hand and attending to the residents attentively, hoping to give them a fresh and satisfactory appearance.

It was Tzu Ching members, Tan Ming Hui and Chong Yung Key’s first visit to the Home. The former was initially nervous but after interacting with the residents, her uneasiness gradually subsided. To her, it was an opportunity to learn to interact with people with disabilities. Yung Key also offered her service with mindfulness. She shared, “I believe the residents could feel our love so long as we serve and show our care sincerely.”

Residents enjoyed the song performance

“Rasa sayang, hey, rasa saying sayang hey…” the familiar Malay folk song “Rasa Sayang” was the residents’ favourite. They smiled happily as the Tzu Ching members danced to the songs and encouraged them to join them in the dancing.

After her first visit to the Home today, Tzu Ching member, Gong Qian Yu expressed her intention to participate in such meaningful activities, which she hardly has the opportunity to partake, in the future. Through the visit, she has learnt to communicate and interact with the residents.



As the Tzu Ching members bade each of the residents goodbye, the latter kept shaking their hands in appreciation. The activity ended with the sharing of the joy of giving at Tzu Chi centre. Volunteer Tan Boon Choo reminded the Tzu Ching members, “Don’t forget to care for your loved ones like how you showered your love and care on the residents of the Likas Cheshire Home.”

 

Tzu Ching members performed several songs to bring cheers to the residents. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]   Tzu Ching members cleaned the premises to allow the residents a clean living environment. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]

Tzu Ching members performed several songs to bring cheers to the residents. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]
 
Tzu Ching members cleaned the premises to allow the residents a clean living environment. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]
 
Low Jia Min volunteered to groom the residents’ hair despite her hand injury. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]   Having experienced the joy of giving, Gong Qian Yu expressed her intention to participate in such meaningful activities in the future. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]

Low Jia Min volunteered to groom the residents’ hair despite her hand injury. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]
 
 
Having experienced the joy of giving, Gong Qian Yu expressed her intention to participate in such meaningful activities in the future. [Photograph by Ng Wei Kiat]
 
Although nervous initially, Tan Ming Hui gathered the courage to interact with the residents with genuine care. [Photograph by Liew Shu Xian]  

Although nervous initially, Tan Ming Hui gathered the courage to interact with the residents with genuine care. [Photograph by Liew Shu Xian]