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Blessing and Love to Indonesia

Written by  Tan Kim Hion, KL & Selangor / Translated by Lim Rui Lin

Tan Chuan Xiong (left) presented the donation receipt to Lee Kah Chun, thanking him for inspiring a hundred people to make a total donation of RM6,699 for the Indonesian quake victims. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]

How much impact can a photo have? Lee Kah Chun had never thought that a single photo can bring together the love of a hundred people to the Indonesia quake victims. He was grateful that while giving what he could for those in need, he found more motivation and courage to live on.


Lee Kah Chun is a 30-year-old young man, who suffers from diabetes and kidney failure, had both his legs and some fingers amputated, and needs to visit the hospital frequently. Being hospitalized, he had no idea about the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that rocked Sulawesi, not until volunteers Ong Saw Tin and Yong Mun Fei visited him in the hospital. When Mun Fei showed him the news through his phone, Kah Chun felt for the victims and remembered what Master Cheng Yen had said that “Living in a world with constant natural disasters, we must be vigilant. Those who are safe should help those who are suffering.”

He donated his savings in the bamboo bank, plus another RM1 that he had with him, for the victims. Touched by his kindness, Saw Tin shared a photo of him making the donation on Tzu Chi’s mobile chat group in the hope that it would inspire fellow volunteers to emulate the good deed.

Ripples of love and kindness

Volunteer Tan Chuan Xiong was moved when he saw the photo. He first met Kah Chun in early September this year, after learning about his conditions from Saw Tin. On another visit to Kah Chun in the hospital in mid-September, Chuan Xiong discovered that the former needed to amputate his right palm, and another finger on the left hand to prevent further infection. That made Kah Chun very upset and worried that he would create extra burden for his father.

Chuan Xiong then comforted him with a Jing Si Aphorism: “We do not have ownership of our life, only the privilege of using it,” and assured him that even with his physical disabilities, he could still contribute to society and humanity.

As Chuan Xiong was aware of Kah Chun’s intention to help needy people, he forwarded the photo and message on social media platform, calling for everyone to send love to Indonesia, while at the same time, dedicate the merits to the quake victims and to Kah Chun. Within three days, 100 people responded.

Kah Chun’s mood was lifted by the unexpected ripples of love and kindness. He was glad that his father and caretaker, Anna, also contributed to the good cause when they learnt about it. Fifty-five-year-old Anna said, “Indonesia is my home country. How could I not do anything when you are all earnestly lending a hand?”

To Kah Chun, what matters most is not the amount of donation but the loving heart. Now, he would pray daily upon waking up. He is grateful that the good deeds have given him more motivation and courage to live on, and he hopes that the quake victims could feel the love and blessings from everyone.

 

 

Volunteer Tan Chuan Xiong (right) read the book, “Mirror of the Heart” together with Lee Kah Chun (left). [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]   Lee Kah Chun donated RM1 saved RM1 into his bamboo bank to help the Indonesian quake victims. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]

Volunteer Tan Chuan Xiong (right) read the book, “Mirror of the Heart” together with Lee Kah Chun (left). [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]
 
Lee Kah Chun donated RM1 saved RM1 into his bamboo bank to help the Indonesian quake victims. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]
 
Anna (right) from Indonesia has fostered a close relationship with Lee Kah Chun (right). She was moved by the ripples of love that started from Kah Chun and donated to help her countrymen. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]   Tan Chuan Xiong forwarded a photo of Lee Kah Chun making donation for Indonesian quake victims on social media platforms, hoping to inspire more people to emulate the good deed. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]

Anna (right) from Indonesia has fostered a close relationship with Lee Kah Chun (right). She was moved by the ripples of love that started from Kah Chun and donated to help her countrymen. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]
 
 
Tan Chuan Xiong forwarded a photo of Lee Kah Chun making donation for Indonesian quake victims on social media platforms, hoping to inspire more people to emulate the good deed. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]
 
A diabetic patient, Ho Hock Moy, too donated to help the disaster victims. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]  

A diabetic patient, Ho Hock Moy, too donated to help the disaster victims. [Photograph by Ong Saw Tin]