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Sunday, 17 July 2016 00:00

Thank You, I Will Work Harder!

Written by  Yong Yau Eng, Sandakan / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

A tearful Mohamad Rizzuan thanking his mother, teachers and Tzu Chi. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]

“Thank you Tzu Chi. Thanks for the help, I can now study peacefully and further improve on my studies. I will treasure the opportunity of schooling, obey the teachers, attend all classes and work hard,” said Mohamad Rizzuan, a Tzu Chi Study Grant beneficiary, from the bottom of his heart.


Sandakan Liaison Office held a Happy Schooling Scheme fellowship on Sunday, July 17, 2016, from 8.30 am to 11 am, to give the teachers, parents and students an opportunity to pour their hearts out.

Since 2011, Tzu Chi Sandakan had spared no effort in promoting Tzu Chi Study Grant. Volunteers called on School Principals to understand the students’ predicaments, assess applications nominated by the schools, and conduct home visits on students’ actual needs. They hope to provide a more pragmatic assistance to the students like meal subsidy and transportation allowance to enable them to study at ease.

The Happy Schooling Scheme launched this year had benefitted a total of 312 students from six primary schools, three secondary schools and an independent high school.

On a visit to SM St Mary, Headmistress Xu Cai Zhen shared that some students had been absent from class due to transportation issue, while some had attended lessons on an empty stomach and would ask for food from other students during recess or even grab their food.

It pained her to see this yet she felt helpless. So far, she has adopted a number of poor students for meal sponsorship by giving them coupons in exchange for food at the school canteen. To Cai Zhen, the Happy Schooling Scheme has acted as a timely aid for this underprivileged group to concentrate on their studies.

Expressing true feelings

Mohamad Rizzuan, a Form 4 student at SM St Mary expressed, “I love my mother a lot. She has been my greatest support. Thank you Tzu Chi. Thanks for the help, I can now study peacefully and further improve on my studies. I will treasure the opportunity of schooling, obey the teachers, attend all classes and work hard. I thank all the teachers for their patient guidance.” He could not hold back his tears as he spoke emotionally.

Asnawi bin Osman, another student at the same school, has 14 siblings. He had attended the ceremony together with his parents and five-year-old younger brother. When the session drew to a close, volunteers handed him some bread and cakes. Instead of enjoying himself, he hurried to his parents and fed his brother. It was such a heart-warming scene.

Noraslina Chin, a Form 4 student from SMJK Tiong Hua, wrote on the thank you card, “To my dearest mum, thank you for all the support. I promise to be successful in life and be someone you can proud of. A big thank you for taking such good care of me. I love you! Thank you mum, thank you Tzu Chi.”

Primary 6 student from SJK(C) Ming Chung, Batrisya Syahmimi, also wrote down on the thank you card, “I am grateful for the assistance from Tzu Chi. I will cherish it and study hard. Thank you.”

During the appreciation segment, the warm and touching scenes deeply moved all present. Wu Mei Tian, a teacher from SJK(C) Syn Hwa, could not help but keep wiping away her tears. She said, “Love needs to be expressed explicitly and there’s no better way to do it than this event. I am very touched indeed.”

Spreading love collectively

Volunteers took the opportunity to explain to students about the spirit of Bamboo Bank Era and that all donations collected this year would be channelled to the Nepal post-quake rebuilding fund.

Volunteers encouraged the students to cultivate kind thoughts every day and while receiving aid from others, they could also extend their help to the Nepal quake victims. The students and parents responded positively by adopting 65 bamboo banks home.

Volunteers also presented mementos to school representatives, thanking them for their efforts and support towards the scheme. Before the event ended successfully at 11 am, volunteers thoughtfully offered bread and cakes to each teacher, parent and student.

 

Teachers from SM St Mary volunteered their services at the registration desk. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]   It was a heart-warming scene with participation from more than 300 students, teachers and parents. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]

Teachers from SM St Mary volunteered their services at the registration desk. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]
 
It was a heart-warming scene with participation from more than 300 students, teachers and parents. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]
 
Volunteers explained to students about the Bamboo Bank Era, hoping that they would raise a kind thought every day. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]   After receiving bread and cakes from the volunteers, Asnawi bin Osman (back, 1st right) passed them on to his younger brother. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]

Volunteers explained to students about the Bamboo Bank Era, hoping that they would raise a kind thought every day. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]
 
 
After receiving bread and cakes from the volunteers, Asnawi bin Osman (back, 1st right) passed them on to his younger brother. [Photograph by Kong Teck Ngie]