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Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

The Lesson We Learnt from a Disaster

Written by  By Loh Siew Chien, Ho Gia Yan & Kang Sin Fue, Melaka & Kluang/ Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Dr Yap (left) bowing low to accept the donation from Dharma Master Xuan Shan.【Photograph by Tan Lian Hee】

Since the fundraising campaign for U.S. Hurricane Relief was initiated on November 15, 2012 in Malaysia, Tzu Chi volunteers have taken every opportunity to solicit "love and kindness" from members of the public.


On November 17, 2012, 54 National Service trainees were at Tzu Chi Melaka for their monthly Humanistic Cultural class.

In this lesson, Tzu Chi volunteers shared the inter-relationship between environmental protection and the occurrence of natural disasters. Each disaster is like a wake-up call for us to be more concerned about our ailing Earth. The trainees were urged to take action to protect the environment in their daily lives as their actions will help to reduce disasters and the destruction on our environment. The trainees also sang the "Prayer" song together to wish the Hurricane Sandy victims a speedy recovery.

Here are some of the trainees' thoughts about the lesson.

Zhang Bao Yi: "In this lesson, I learnt that I did not protect our Earth and that I didn't know many things in this world. I will begin to protect our Earth now."

Chen Pei Jun: "From the video clip, I could see the suffering the victims had to endure. If I have the chance to do something for them, I will. I also learnt that I should only buy what I need instead of what I want, to help protect the Earth."

Hou Qing Hong: "I will treasure what I already owned and will do more good deeds. Hopefully, the environment will become better."

Love and care from the teenagers

On the same day was the Closing Ceremony for Kluang Tzu Chi Teenagers' Class. The 45 teenagers brought along their Bamboo Bank collections to donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Wu Shao Xuan said he learnt from the Sandy disaster that disaster can take away everything you own, whether you are rich or poor. He said he will be more pious and vigilant.

The parents, who came for the ceremony, also donated. May the small donations from so many people bring hope to the victims.

Love and care from the patients

On November 18, volunteers at the Melaka Tzu Chi Free Clinic held a fundraising campaign to solicit love and kindness from the patients. After watching the movies on the disaster, everyone was led to sing the "Prayer" song.

Dr Yap Hong Keong (from Segamat), Dr Teng Teck Lin and Chinese Physician Goh Chai Lee, who were invited to join the fundraising campaign, were given a donation box each to go around collecting money from the patients. This was Dr Yap's first fundraising experience and he felt wonderful. Seeing the patients taking out money to donate had deeply touched him.

Dharma Master Xuan Shan also donated after watching the video clips on the Hurricane Sandy Disaster. She said, "We are so lucky, we had no big disasters so far. But we don't know whether it will strike in future, so we must constantly be mindful of our actions and words to ensure they are proper."

Prayers in the rehabilitation centre

Melaka volunteers have been visiting a drug rehabilitation centre weekly since March this year. On November 22, they took the opportunity to brief the residents about the U.S. hurricane disaster and lead them to offer a prayer and write down their wishes on a card.

May this disaster serve as another wake-up call to all of us to be more prudent and vigilant.

 

National Service trainees offering a prayer for the Hurricane Sandy victims.【Photograph by Foo Jia Jiann】 Tzu Chi Kluang's teenagers offering their Bamboo Bank collection to the Hurricane Sandy victims.【Photograph provided by Tzu Chi Kluang】

National Service trainees offering a prayer for the Hurricane Sandy victims.【Photograph by Foo Jia Jiann】

Tzu Chi Kluang's teenagers offering their Bamboo Bank collection to the Hurricane Sandy victims.【Photograph provided by Tzu Chi Kluang】

 

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