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Tuesday, 12 November 2013 00:00

Malaysia Nationwide Doing Good Deeds for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Written by  By Gan Chian Nee, Kuala Lumpur & Selangor / Translated by Lim Mei Mei

Staff of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor offering their sincere prayers for the Philippines victims.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

Tzu Chi activated a worldwide fundraising for Filipino victims hit by Typhoon Haiyan. As Malaysia is a neighboring country, Tzu Chi Malaysia immediately initiated the "Shower your love to Philippines' victims" campaign nationwide to gather everyone to do good deeds.


On November 8, 2013, a massive and devastating Typhoon Haiyan, the most severe storm in recorded history, struck the east coast of Central Philippines, affecting 2 million families, or about 9.5 million people. Tacloban, Ormac and Samar in Guiuan are the worst hit regions, now facing shortage of water, electricity and food. As communication and transportation were badly destroyed, the distribution of aid has been very challenging.

Concerned about the disaster, Master Cheng Yen called for the set-up of Command Centres in Manila and Cebu, which are closest to the disaster areas, to start evaluating the damages and gather information from different sources to further understand the situation.

Tzu Chi Taiwan has spearheaded Tzu Chi's International Relief work by mobilizing volunteers to pack 2.06 tonnes of instant rice and 30,000 thermal blankets. These were then airlifted to the Philippines on November 12. Besides the relief programme, Tzu Chi's Disaster Survey Team from Taiwan, Malaysia and Philippines, surveyed the severe areas the following day. Meanwhile, Tzu Chi volunteers worldwide are continuously praying for the typhoon victims to regain peace and to be relieved of their suffering soon.

Tzu Chi Malaysia also kick-started their fundraising programme by going to the public to initiate everyone's good intention. In addition, on November 12 afternoon, Tzu Chi Kuala Lumpur & Selangor dispatched 5 volunteers to Manila to join the local team in surveying the disaster areas.

The rush to print posters

An urgent order was then given to Mr Su Fu Ming, owner of Fastroll labels (M) Sdn Bhd in Klang, to print the fundraising posters. Mr Su accepted the order without hesitation. He said, "We are used to taking urgent assignments. With the kind intention, there is always the power to do it well!" Due to his company's busy production schedule, shortage of manpower and his factory's inability to produce such a huge poster, Mr Su had to seek assistance from his peers in two other factories, and monitored the 3 production sites himself so that the mission could be accomplished as soon as possible, thereby enabling Tzu Chi volunteers to approach the public soonest possible.

To facilitate this round of production, Mr Su and his wife had to postpone their original planned trip to see to the printing job; and although it was a very rushed order, their staff had accepted the job mindfully and without complaints. Their wholehearted efforts were really touching.

Initiating a ripple effect of kindness

While waiting for the posters to be produced, Tzu Chi staff and volunteers used temporary posters to raise funds among the public.

In the morning, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor staff prayed for the disaster victims and donated money. After work, they raised funds by going to the shops nearby, and at the LRT stations. Staff at KL Jing-Si Hall's construction office also encouraged the construction workers to contribute their love and utilize their after-work hours to go to the shops nearby to help raise funds.

At the fundraising in the Sungai Long market, volunteers met one person who had intended to buy DVDs. When he saw how Tzu Chi volunteers took to the public, he donated the DVD money instead.

In the morning, teachers of Da Ai Educare Centre at Pandan Jaya explained to the children about the situation in the Philippines. The children were told, "The houses were damaged, homes were washed away...how pitiful!" With their simple minds, and as they could not tolerate anyone being hurt, they donated their savings in the piggy bank to the disaster victims.

Four-year old Jiang Rui Xi could not bear the thought that the Filipino victims had no place to stay and are starving. She wished she could help them and even wanted to cook for the victims. Another 4-year old girl, Rao Xin Er, started to cry when she was praying.



Master Cheng Yen said that human beings must help each other. When the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, Tzu Chi sincerely invited the public to help the victims, wish that they would be relieved of their suffering, regain joy and be reunited with their respective families.

The first round of fundraising will be held from November 12 to 24. Besides approaching the public for donations, prayers and well-wishes will also be included in the various Tzu Chi activities.

 

Lo Kang Lu briefing the staff about the fundraising campaign.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】 Staff of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor donated their bamboo coin bank collection after the briefing.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

Lo Kang Lu briefing the staff about the fundraising campaign.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】

Staff of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor donated their bamboo coin bank collection after the briefing.【Photograph by Gan Chian Nee】
Staff at the KL Jing-Si Hall construction site went to nearby shops to raise funds for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims.【Photograph by Sam Pin Fook】 Children at the Pandan Indah's Da Ai Educare Centre were seen earnestly praying for the victims. Rao Xin Er (centre) cried thinking of the suffering the victims have to endure.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】

Staff at the KL Jing-Si Hall construction site went to nearby shops to raise funds for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan victims.【Photograph by Sam Pin Fook】

Children at the Pandan Indah's Da Ai Educare Centre were seen earnestly praying for the victims. Rao Xin Er (centre) cried thinking of the suffering the victims have to endure.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】
Da Ai Educare Centre's children offering their piggy bank collection towards the Typhoon Haiyan victims.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】 Five volunteers from KL & Selangor departing for the disaster zone on November 12. They were interviewed by reporters from China Press (1st and 2nd left).【Photograph by Siew Wen Yin】

Da Ai Educare Centre's children offering their piggy bank collection towards the Typhoon Haiyan victims.【Photograph by Lim Choon Huat】

Five volunteers from KL & Selangor departing for the disaster zone on November 12. They were interviewed by reporters from China Press (1st and 2nd left).【Photograph by Siew Wen Yin】
Mr Su Fu Ming (left) and wife Lin Mei Li, owners of Fastroll labels (M) Sdn Bhd in Klang, helped to print the fundraising posters.【Photograph by Koh Poo Leng】

Mr Su Fu Ming (left) and wife Lin Mei Li, owners of Fastroll labels (M) Sdn Bhd in Klang, helped to print the fundraising posters.【Photograph by Koh Poo Leng】

 

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