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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 11:43

A Sprouting Seed of Kindness

Written by  Woo Phing Pheng & Aw Lee Ching, KL & Selangor / Translated by Lim Sai Ho

Volunteers posed for a photo with Azura and husband. Azura shared that her father, who has always wanted to befriend Tzu Chi volunteers, will surely be delighted to see the photo. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]

During the East Coast floods, Azura’s father shared with her about Tzu Chi’s Disaster Relief Team, which had impressed him with their well-organized and efficient modus operandi. By coincidence, Azura met Tzu Chi volunteers in Kuala Lumpur, and the good affinity continues.


 
On April 25, 2015, a powerful and devastating earthquake hit the northwest of Kathmandu in Nepal, killing and injuring more than 7,000 and 10,000 people respectively. The powerful earthquake destroyed many historical and heritage buildings in Kathmandu, and in some villages almost 90% of buildings are in ruins. On April 30, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor started its “Send Love to Nepal” donation drive in shopping malls in the Klang Valley, to gather the kindness and love of the public in relieving the grieving victims in Nepal.
 
Over the long four-day holidays, which include Labour Day (May 1), volunteers in Puchong raised funds for the Nepalese quake victims in the IOI Mall. While they were soliciting donations from the public, a Malay lady, Azura bte Hashim Kamal, expressed her kindness to donate RM6,000. Her generosity took everyone by surprise.
 
Azura learnt about Tzu Chi from her father, who stays in Terengganu. During the East Coast floods in December 2014, her father and his friends formed a relief team to help the flood victims in Manek Urai, Kelantan. There, he witnessed Tzu Chi volunteers extending help to the flood victims systematically and efficiently; and they even bowed 90 degrees to express their gratitude to the flood victims while handing out relief cash. Deeply impressed, he shared the touching scenes with Azura, who stays in Kuala Lumpur.
 
From consumption to contribution
 
Azura’s father had planted a seed of kindness in her heart, and she had hoped for an opportunity to meet Tzu Chi volunteers.
 
The opportunity presented itself at the IOI Mall. With a smile, Azura said, “I planned to use this money to buy a product, and was almost convinced by the salesperson. Fortunately, I changed my mind, and instead decided to donate this money to help the Nepal earthquake victims. Amazingly, the moment I stepped on the escalator, I saw Tzu Chi volunteers in their blue and white uniform. What I have been praying for every day has finally come true!”
 
She added, “I know that Tzu Chi has done a lot of relief work worldwide, so I strongly believe that the Foundation will make the best use of my donation to help more people who are in need.”
 
On May 5 evening, volunteers visited Azura and her family to express their appreciation and further introduce Tzu Chi to the family. Volunteers were accorded a warm hospitality from Azura and her husband, Asry bin Ayob. After watching a footage on the East Coast flood relief, Azura commended, “You even thanked the victims respectfully when providing them aid. This is so touching! Such grateful hearts and unconditional Great Love are rarely found!”
 
It is more blessed to give than to receive
 
Azura shared, “My friends cannot understand my feelings now. The spiritual joy and satisfaction I gained is more than what I had contributed.” She requested for more information about Tzu Chi because she also wants to be a person who spreads love around. She is worried that more poor people cannot make their ends meet due to inflation, and hopes that she could help more needy people through Tzu Chi.
 
In her current working and living environment, Azura rarely comes across kind-hearted people. The absence of kindness has made her feel hopeless about this world. She said, “I hope that I can light the light of hope for others because God has given everyone He created a loving heart; just like Tzu Chi volunteers, who keep running the Hope Project. Hopefully, such efforts and effects of spreading love will be long-lasting so that more people will turn their minds from evil to good.”
 
Azura expressed emotionally, “I am very thankful to Master Cheng Yen and Tzu Chi volunteers for helping the needy silently, regardless of nationality, race and religion. Not only did you not ask for anything in return, but you also keep spreading the seeds of love. I pray that God will bless you all.” Tears rolled down her cheeks as she finished her words.
 
Volunteer Yong Boon Keat felt her kindness and encouraged her to make a vow so that her willpower will push her forward to do good deeds. Azura replied smilingly that she hopes to spend more time to serve humanity, just like Tzu Chi volunteers.
 
Volunteers gave Azura a bamboo bank and explained to her the origin and spirit of the “Days of the Bamboo Banks”. They also encouraged her to save some money in the bamboo bank and make a good wish daily, besides inviting her and her husband to take part in recycling activity at Tzu Chi’s recycling centre nearby. Asry expressed that he will certainly support and join his wife to participate in Tzu Chi’s activities.
 
 

 
Azura and her husband, Asry, shared with volunteers their impression and knowledge on Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]   Azura happily skimmed through “The World of Tzu Chi” monthly journal. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]

Azura and her husband, Asry, shared with volunteers their impression and knowledge on Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]
 
Azura happily skimmed through “The World of Tzu Chi” monthly journal. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]
 
Watching a footage on the East Coast flood relief, Azura and her husband were also touched by the happiness and gratitude of the flood victims. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]   Azura shared with volunteers how Tzu Chi has touched her heart, and her views on doing charity. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]

Watching a footage on the East Coast flood relief, Azura and her husband were also touched by the happiness and gratitude of the flood victims. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]
 
 
Azura shared with volunteers how Tzu Chi has touched her heart, and her views on doing charity. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]
 
Azura was emotional after expressing her gratitude to Master Cheng Yen. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]    

Azura was emotional after expressing her gratitude to Master Cheng Yen. [Photograph by Aw Lee Ching]