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Thursday, 22 November 2012 00:00

Vegetarian Restaurant Held Charity Sales for US Hurricane Disaster Relief

Written by  By Koh Poo Leng, Klang/ Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Volunteers also came for lunch in support of the charity sale.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

On November 22, 2012, Bodhi Vegetarian Restaurant held a charity sale to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief. A day earlier, Tzu Chi volunteers promoted this event to office workers and nearby residents to garner their support.


At around 11 am on November 21, 2012, Tzu Chi volunteers visited the commercial area in the vicinity of the Bodhi Vegetarian Restaurant to promote the charity sale. They arrived armed with posters on the US Hurricane Sandy Relief and distributed the charity sale leftlets to members of the public.

Tzu Chi volunteer, Lee Ming Kuan, and other volunteers visited every shop to inform the shopkeepers and their staff about the charity sale, hoping that they could take the opportunity to eat vegetarian food and do good deed at the same time.

Seize every opportunity to do good deeds

At about 9 am on November 22, the boss and workers of Bodhi Vegetarian Restaurant were in the kitchen busily preparing the vegetarian mutton curry, stir-fried vegetables, fried mushrooms and so on, for the charity sale.

At the same time, the volunteers were either helping to serve the customers or standing outside the shop to promote the charity sale.

The restaurant's boss, Mr Zheng Qing Zhang, had recently held a vegetarian food charity sale for the KL Jing-Si Hall Building Fund. So, when he learnt that Tzu Chi is raising funds for the US hurricane victims, he decided to do the same again.

Mr Zheng had specially prepared more dishes than usual for this sale hoping to give the customers more choices.

Patrons started streaming into the restaurant around lunch time. As the influx increased, volunteers had to work extra hard to provide the best service to the customers. Many volunteers, who came to support the event, brought their own containers to pack their food. Such a demonstration of environmental consciousness had indeed made the charity sale more meaningful.

Madam Huang Li Tuan usually asks her staff to pack lunch for her. But on this occasion, and to show her support for Tzu Chi and the hurricane victims, she specially came for lunch with her staff. She enjoyed the food very much and also bought some cakes to take home.

When told by volunteers standing outside the restaurant that a charity sale was being held inside, Alron, who had intended to have his lunch elsewhere, decided to support the event instead. He said it was a meaningful lunch. Alron has been a regular patron of Bodhi even though he is not a fulltime vegetarian.

Another regular customer of Bodhi is Mugilen, a vegetarian. When he learnt about the charity sale that morning, he returned later with his father to pack lunch for his family members, who are all vegetarians. By so doing, they also had the opportunity to help the US hurricane victims.

Feng Wei An, whose mother is a vegetarian, would occasionally patronize vegetarian restaurants even though he is not a vegetarian. When he learnt about this charity sale, he happily participated and sincerely wished the victims a speedy recovery.



In the 4-hour event, everyone had worked very hard without any complaints about tiredness. In their hearts, they only had gratitude for the "loving-kindness" that kept going into the donation boxes!

 

A banner was put up to inform the local residents about the charity sale on November 22.【Photograph by Koh Poo Leng】 On November 21, volunteers held a promotional campaign about the charity sale at Bodhi Vegetarian Restaurant.【Photograph by Koh Poo Leng】

A banner was put up to inform the local residents about the charity sale on November 22.【Photograph by Koh Poo Leng】

On November 21, volunteers held a promotional campaign about the charity sale at Bodhi Vegetarian Restaurant.【Photograph by Koh Poo Leng】
A scene of the charity sale during the peak hour.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】 Volunteers made the cakes and pastries for the charity sale.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

A scene of the charity sale during the peak hour.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

Volunteers made the cakes and pastries for the charity sale.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】
Mugilen (2nd right) and father came to pack lunch for their family members.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】 It was a meaningful lunch for Alron as he gets to help others at the same time.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

Mugilen (2nd right) and father came to pack lunch for their family members.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

It was a meaningful lunch for Alron as he gets to help others at the same time.【Photograph by Tan Kim Chew】

 

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