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Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:00

A Thousand New Chairs for Batu Caves Tamil Primary School

Written by  By Chay Choon Foong, Selangor/ Translated by Ong Kar Jin

Parents, teachers and students receiving the new chairs from Tzu Chi representatives.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

The new assembly hall at Batu Caves Tamil Primary School has a huge stage and a beautiful ceiling, but no chairs. On March 22, 2012, a group of Tzu Chi volunteers delivered 1,000 new chairs for the assembly hall.


The school used to have their morning assembly in the open air, where the students had to sit on the floor. The condition was never comfortable, be it a fine or rainy day. For this reason, the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) decided to build a proper assembly hall for the school.

The dilemma of having a hall but no chairs

With the public's generous donations and some government funding, an assembly hall was constructed at the school. However, upon completion, it was realized that the actual construction cost had exceeded the budget; and there was no funding left for new chairs.

It was then that they thought of Tzu Chi with whom the school has formed a long-term companionship, not to mention the volunteers' involvement at the Thaipusam celebration. When approached, Tzu Chi immediately made arrangements and delivered the new chairs at a handover ceremony on March 22, 2012.

"We hope that our small action can initiate a cycle of compassion and love," said Mo Ze Wen, who frequently communicates with the school.

In order to welcome this very meaningful day, Madam R. Rajeswary arrived early that morning to organise all arrangements. Teachers, students, Tzu Chi volunteers, PTA's Chairman and Deputy Chairman, and Selayang Municipal Council Assemblyman, Mr G. Gunaraj, also dedicated their time and effort to witness this momentous occasion.

Thank you for the chairs

Principal C. Arasirani thanked Tzu Chi Foundation for the chairs and for their assistance extended to many of her students since 2008.

PTA's Chairman, R.T. Rajasegaran, also went on stage to express these words of gratitude: "Donating money is easy, but true compassion is not easy to give."

He added, "The members of Tzu Chi really walk the talk."

You can help others too

Tzu Chi's representative, Huang Bao Ying, shared the humble beginning of Tzu Chi at the ceremony, and encouraged all present to save some money in a piggy bank everyday for donation.

"I am so happy to be able to sit on such a comfortable chair; and I am grateful to Tzu Chi for giving the chairs to us," said G. Tharani, a Standard 5 student, who could barely contain his happiness.

The momentous ceremony came to an end at 11 am, amidst the cries of gratitude from the schoolchildren.

 

Volunteers were in school two days in advance to assist in handling the chairs.【Photograph by Ng Bee Kheng】   Principal C. Arasinari thanked Tzu Chi for their assistance.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

Volunteers were in school two days in advance to assist in handling the chairs.【Photograph by Ng Bee Kheng】
 
Principal C. Arasinari thanked Tzu Chi for their assistance.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】
 
Representatives from the school and Tzu Chi at the handover ceremony.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】   Madam C. Arasinari presented a token of appreciation to Tzu Chi's representative.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

Representatives from the school and Tzu Chi at the handover ceremony.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】
 
 
Madam C. Arasinari presented a token of appreciation to Tzu Chi's representative.【Photograph by Tan Son Hong】

 

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