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Sing for the Children’s Future

Written by  Tzu Chi Documenting Team, KL & Selangor / Translated by Woon Xiao Rui

Elaine Kang, a famous local singer, sang in support of the construction of TCISKL. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]

Datuk Elaine Kang, a famous Malaysian singer, sang in four concerts held at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, on February 24 and 25, 2018. The aim was to raise funds for the construction of the Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur.


Giving with love and kindness

During the Lunar New Year celebration, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s Entrepreneurs’ Group invited a well-known Malaysian singer, Datuk Elaine Kang, to sing at charity concerts, where all money raised went to the building fund of Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur (TCISKL).

In addition to various songs in Chinese, English, Malay and Hokkien, Elaine Kang also especially chose three Tzu Chi songs to perform during the concerts, namely, “Stories in Tzu Chi”, “Fulfil My Dream” and “Self-contemplation”. Her beautiful voice, coupled with performances by dancers and Tzu Chi sign language team, got the audience immersing themselves in the concerts. Another Malaysian singer, Christopher Lay, was invited as a special guest for the concerts. The duo made their entrance from behind the audience seats, greeting the audience and singing alongside the lion dance performance.

The concerts also enabled Elaine Kang to have candid conversations with the audience. She revealed that she met Master Cheng Yen for the first time during her visit to Taiwan for a prayer concert. The Master’s words during their meeting deeply moved her. She tearfully promised the Master to give her support to Tzu Chi whenever possible and to inspire others in the entertainment industry to join her on this journey.

She said, “Tzu Chi is setting up the International School to nurture more children, who will be the future pillars of society. For that reason, I am more than happy to share my songs with you.”

For our children’s education

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Mah Sing Group, attended the concert at the invitation of Tan Sri Dr Lim Wee Chai, Executive Chairman of Top Glove Corporation Berhad. The former, who has been supportive of educational initiatives said, “The hope for future lies in education. I wish with everyone’s support, the Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur will be completed soon, to nurture and benefit more students.”

President of the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Pheng Yin Huah, also attended the concert to show his support. He found Tzu Chi to be a highly efficient charitable organization, particularly in the mobilization of human resources. Tzu Chi is always there to carry out relief work post disasters and help the needy in the most direct way. Moreover, Tzu Chi’s activities always encourage people to be kind. Hence, he is willing to support the Foundation and hopes that the masses can spread love around through collective kindness.

Many members of the public also gave their support to Tzu Chi’s educational missions. Ninety-three-year-old Chee Yoke Yin, who attended the TCISKL groundbreaking ceremony on September 16, 2017, together with her granddaughter, did not forget her aspiration to donate a “lotus flower” for the International School made during the ceremony. On the day she attended the concert, she accomplished her wish by returning a bamboo bank with RM1,000 in it. She said, “The School is built for the benefit of everyone. I only donated a small amount of money, but when little contributions from everyone are pooled together, the school will be completed soon.”

Granny Chee believes that doing good deeds brings the greatest joy in life. She declared her support for TCISKL, “I will continue to save and donate to Tzu Chi.”

Passing down quality education

An audience member, Wong Pak Yin, attended the concert with his parents, who also invited their friends to the event. Pak Yin learnt about TCISKL through a colleague, who is a Tzu Chi volunteer, and was deeply moved by its vision. With further explanations from volunteers at the Jing Si Hall, he gained a better understanding of Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education and the overall concept of TCISKL.

He understood that the concerts were held for a good cause, with the mission of benefitting humanity. He remarked, “Tzu Chi gives us an opportunity to do good deeds, by donating to the School so that quality education can be passed down from generation to generation.” He hopes for more people to do good deeds, extending their help in whatever way they can, because the more good deeds one does, the happier one would become. He also brought a bamboo bank home so that he could continue to nurture the kindness within and contribute to TCISKL.

Tan Eng Kian from Klang immediately bought two tickets upon receiving the news of the concerts. He also invited eight of his friends to support the charitable event.

He shared, “Education is a long journey. It is like planting seeds in a plot of fertile soil. They will slowly grow into seedlings and eventually contribute to society.” Eng Kian is confident of Tzu Chi’s initiative in setting up TCISKL. He expressed, “It is through education that one grows in wisdom. I am very blessed to have known Tzu Chi. During the concert, I was moved to tears a few times because of the lyrics and the singer.”

Eng Kian’s wife, Tan Wan Ee, gave the concert a perfect score. She was immersed in the beautiful stage setting, lighting effects and Elaine Kang’s beautiful voice. She said, “I enjoyed it very much! My body and mind were completely relaxed.” She praised the volunteers for their heedfulness in making the concert a success. She said, “I will tell my friends and family that Tzu Chi is soliciting donations for the construction of Tzu Chi International School. This is a good way to offer my support.”

It takes the contribution of everyone to ensure the future of our children. With support from people far and near, it is hoped that TCISKL will have an early completion to serve its purpose of providing quality education incorporated with Tzu Chi’s humanistic values.

 

 

The four concerts were held at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, with a total attendance of over 2,900 audience members. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]   Other than performing various Chinese, English, Malay and Hokkien songs, Elaine Kang also presented her favourite Tzu Chi songs, including “Fulfil My Dream”, accompanied by Tzu Chi’s sign language team. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

The four concerts were held at the KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall, with a total attendance of over 2,900 audience members. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]
 
Other than performing various Chinese, English, Malay and Hokkien songs, Elaine Kang also presented her favourite Tzu Chi songs, including “Fulfil My Dream”, accompanied by Tzu Chi’s sign language team. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]
 
Christopher Lay (in white), a local singer, was invited as a special guest of the concert. He and Elaine Kang performed a duet accompanied by a lion dance performance. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]   Managing Director and Chief Executive of Mah Sing Group, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum (1st left), wished for an early completion of TCISKL, to nurture and benefit more students. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]

Christopher Lay (in white), a local singer, was invited as a special guest of the concert. He and Elaine Kang performed a duet accompanied by a lion dance performance. [Photograph by Lim Chin Tong]
 
 
Managing Director and Chief Executive of Mah Sing Group, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Leong Hoy Kum (1st left), wished for an early completion of TCISKL, to nurture and benefit more students. [Photograph by Choo Kok Choi]
 
Many were attracted by the model of TCISKL displayed outside the hall. They learnt more about the School through volunteers’ explanations. [Photograph by Chan Boon Huat]   Chee Yoke Yin (middle) donated RM1,000 to TCISKL when she attended the concert. [Photograph provided by Lee Peng Sian]

Many were attracted by the model of TCISKL displayed outside the hall. They learnt more about the School through volunteers’ explanations. [Photograph by Chan Boon Huat]
 
 
Chee Yoke Yin (middle) donated RM1,000 to TCISKL when she attended the concert. [Photograph provided by Lee Peng Sian]
 
Wong Pak Yin felt that Tzu Chi has given everyone a chance to do good deeds. He agreed that quality education should be passed down from generation to generation. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]

Wong Pak Yin felt that Tzu Chi has given everyone a chance to do good deeds. He agreed that quality education should be passed down from generation to generation. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]