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Sunday, 03 May 2015 14:55

Kluang Volunteers Raised Funds for Nepal Earthquake Victims

Written by  Ong Seng Yeow, Kluang / Translated by Lee Ren Hui

Nine-year-old Wang Hui Xi, who had four fundraising experiences, donated RM50 from the study grant she received recently to the earthquake victims. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]

Tzu Chi volunteers at Kluang took to the streets to raise funds for Nepal earthquake victims, on top of praying piously for them at fellowships. Tzu Chi care recipients* and young children also took part in the fundraising, doing their part in helping others in need.


 
On April 25, 2015, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. Many lives were taken, buildings collapsed and a total of eight million people were affected. Tzu Chi volunteers in Kluang prayed for the victims at fellowships and got ready donation cards to raise funds from their families and friends. Volunteers also prepared posters and donation boxes for the fundraising event over the May 2 and 3 weekends at two busy malls in Kluang.
 
Thanks to the news coverage on the earthquake by the media, many local residents were aware of the disaster that took the lives of more than 7,000 people and homes of more than a million people and that they are in dire need of help. Thus over the two days raising funds at the malls, the volunteers received good responses from the shoppers. The donations came from people of different walks of life, religion and race.
 
Volunteers also grabbed the opportunity to share on Tzu Chi’s disaster relief efforts in Nepal with the Nepalese workers they met at the malls. From their smartphones, volunteers shared photos and videos of Tzu Chi’s medical relief work. Upon learning that the volunteers were there to raise funds for their people in their homeland, some Nepalese workers called their colleagues over to donate too.
 
A couple, Letchuman and Saroja from Kuala Lumpur were visiting their relatives in Kluang when they saw volunteers collecting donations at the mall.  They only encouraged their children to donate some spare change, but when they realized that the event was organized by Tzu Chi, they themselves donated. They knew Tzu Chi as a creditable international NGO and were confident that their donations will reach the victims in Nepal.
 
Always ready to contribute
 
Tzu Chi care recipient, Chen Jia Qiang, became less agile due to a stroke, but that does not make him less charitable. When he learnt of the Nepal earthquake and that Tzu Chi was raising funds for Nepal, he went to the Tzu Chi office to donate his savings of RM5. He also volunteered to help out in the fundraising over the two evenings.
 
Twelve-year-old Zhong Pei Shan held a donation box in her hands and bowed to passers-by, “Please help the Nepal earthquake victims, please show your love, thank you! Tolong bantu mangsa Nepal, tolong!” Her sincere appeal attracted many shoppers and Tzu Chi volunteers were impressed. Although Pei Shan had a sore throat and was not feeling well, she did not want to miss this opportunity to help others in need. Hence, she asked her mother to take her to the doctor so that she could recover in time for the fundraising event. She was delighted that she could join in.
 
Nine-year-old Wang Hui Xi was also part of the fundraising team. Although just a minor, she had four fundraising experiences with her mother, collecting donations for disaster victims. Love knows no bound; she donated RM50 from the study grant she received recently to the earthquake victims.
 
 
Tzu Chi volunteers around the world responded to Master Cheng Yen’s call to help those in need, regardless of race and religion. With loving-kindness and contributions from the public, Tzu Chi will be able to plan a more comprehensive short, medium and long-term assistance programme for post-disaster reconstruction. Let us pray that the victims can make it through the hard time and be relieved from their sorrows soon.
 
* Care recipient is a person who received aid from Tzu Chi Foundation, until they can stand on their own.
 
 

 
Tzu Chi volunteers at Kluang prayed piously for the earthquake victims in Nepal during a fellowship. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]   Volunteers grabbed the opportunity to share about Tzu Chi’s disaster relief efforts in Nepal with the Nepalese workers they met at the malls.  [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]

Tzu Chi volunteers at Kluang prayed piously for the earthquake victims in Nepal during a fellowship. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]
 
Volunteers grabbed the opportunity to share about Tzu Chi’s disaster relief efforts in Nepal with the Nepalese workers they met at the malls. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]
 
Tzu Chi care recipient, Chen Jia Qiang (centre) not only donated some money, but also joined the volunteers in fundraising event. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]   Despite not feeling well, Zhong Pei Shan (right) insisted on helping with the fundraising. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]

Tzu Chi care recipient, Chen Jia Qiang (centre) not only donated some money, but also joined the volunteers in fundraising event. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]
 
 
Despite not feeling well, Zhong Pei Shan (right) insisted on helping with the fundraising. [Photograph by Lau Poh Ling]
 
Tzu Chi volunteer shared more about Tzu Chi’s missions with a couple, Letchuman and Saroja, who donated and were confident of Tzu Chi’s undertakings. [Photograph by Ong Seng Yeow]    

Tzu Chi volunteer shared more about Tzu Chi’s missions with a couple, Letchuman and Saroja, who donated and were confident of Tzu Chi’s undertakings. [Photograph by Ong Seng Yeow]