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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:00

Shower Your Love on Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Written by  By KL & Selangor Documenting Team / Translated by Wong Mun Heng

Students from Petaling Jaya Yuk Chai Primary School donated their pocket money.【Photograph by Yap Tsi Ti】

On November 13th, after travelling by boat for 2 ½ hours from Cebu, a Tzu Chi Medical and Disaster Relief Team, comprising 5 Malaysian volunteers, 40 Filipino volunteers, TIMA members and Taiwan's Da Ai TV crew, arrived at Ormoc town to start their on-site visit and first phase of assessment, besides providing care and support. They also brought along with them 1,500 packages of items meant for subsistence and living purposes.


Meanwhile, Tzu Chi volunteers in Malaysia were mobilized to go to the streets, markets, shopping malls, schools and places where people congregate, to solicit donations and loving-kindness from the public.

Inspiring others

On November 13, a group of Tzu Chi volunteers were at Cheras Jaya night market holding fundraising posters and donation boxes to solicit donations from the public and hawkers.

When volunteer Tan Chiew Guat was soliciting for donations, she came across a thin and frail-looking female beggar, begging for money with her daughter right in the middle of the street. An idea suddenly dawned on her: "I must make an attempt to inspire her to cultivate blessings for herself." Being sensitive to the beggar's feelings, Chiew Guat asked her if she could donate 10 cents. To Chiew Guat's surprise, the beggar put one Ringgit into the donation box. Chiew Guat was so touched by the kind gesture that she cried.

"What a kind soul! Hopefully her next life is better," Chiew Guat prayed.

The moment the volunteers started the fundraising, one Pakistani man was seen hanging around and talking to his friends. Later, volunteers learnt that he, Anwar, was trying to convince his friends to donate.

Anwar said, "Instead of spending money on purchasing CDs, why don't we donate and help the disaster victims?" To Anwar, whatever amount donated will make a difference. In fact, he believes good deeds will bring good luck. Having understood the purpose of fundraising, he asked his wife to take charge of the stall while he tried to convince his friends to make donations.

On November 12, members of Tzu Chi Teenagers' Group, Ong Jun Xiang and Li Xiao Feng, rushed to Alam Jaya night market, after their tuition class, to partake in the fundraising activity.

When the public queried if their donations would ultimately reach the disaster victims, both Jun Xiang and Xiao Feng very confidently replied with an affirmative, "Yes, it will."

This disaster has touched the compassionate heart of Xiao Feng, who said, "I read in the paper that many died from this disaster and many, because of hunger, vandalized. So, we must help them." When he saw Malaysians of different races making donations, he jokingly said, "Satu Malaysia donation!"

The following day (November 13), Jun Xiang and Xiao Feng went to the Cheras Jaya night market to seek donations with the volunteers. At a cyber café, they plucked up courage to explain to a very stern-looking man about the purpose of the donation drive. To their pleasant surprise, without uttering a word, he took out some money and donated. They were so touched by his gesture. They also decided that they should also carry out fundraising at their tuition centre.

Don't wait to inspire people to give

For 8 days commencing from November 12, the kids from the Da Ai Kindergarten Kuala Lumpur would carry out donation drive in front of their kindergarten, at the morning market and LRT station.

Four-year old Chen Rui Ci was the first to get involved in the activity. During the whole process of soliciting donation, Ye Jian Yi never failed to bow and express gratitude to everyone; and his gesture had impressed many. Witnessing the earnestness displayed by the kids, many members of the public stopped their cars and got down to donate.

One Malay lady even went all the way to withdraw money from an ATM, just for this donation. She said, "I really admire the kind deeds practised by the kids. They have been well taught in helping others. Thanks to them, I have been inspired to do good deeds too. It's definitely a joy to help those who are in need of help."

While in the process of soliciting donation, He Xin Yi fell and injured herself. Despite that, she insisted on completing the donation drive. She said, "If I go back to kindergarten, then there'll be one less person recruiting kind souls. That's why I still carried on."

Volunteer Xiao Xiu Lan, who accompanied the kids, was happy to see that they were so well-behaved. She said, "This is my first time bringing the kids to a donation drive. I was most impressed to see a beggar stepping forward to donate. It was indeed a joy to see the kindness in him."

School's PTA gave a helping hand too

With concurrence from Sin Ming Chinese Primary School's Principal, Teacher Li Ling Li proposed at the November 11 School PTA (Parent-teacher Association) Meeting, to invite Tzu Chi to hold the fundraising activity in the school. As the PTA Chairman, Mr Lin Ming Hong, had the same idea, he gave his support without hesitation.

With support from the School Principal, PTA and teachers, a circular was issued on November 11 to inform all parents about Tzu Chi's donation drive to be held at the school on November 13 at 11 am. They hoped the parents would lend their support in sending love and kindness to the victims.

With video clips and sharing by volunteers, the students could understand the suffering of the victims and appreciate how blessed they are to be borne in Malaysia, a country which is relatively peaceful and safe. The response from the 1,800 students was overwhelming; and together with the teachers, they sang the song, "Love and Care for All" and prayed for the Filipino victims.

Teacher Li Ling Li managed to recruit 19 teachers as Tzu Chi donating members. She was so elated and promised that she will continue to partake in this Tzu Chi street donation campaign. She said, "The occurrence of such calamity has made me realize how blessed I am, and therefore I should be more diligent in helping others."

Aliana, a Standard 6 student, shared with the volunteers, "I feel so much pity for the victims, and I hope I can do something to help them. After receiving the circular from the teacher, I handed it to my parents. My mother was very happy as she was already planning to donate. With Tzu Chi coming to the school, she could do it earlier." Aliana also indicated that she would like to be a volunteer to help others when she grows up.

Standard 2 student, Wu Kai Xuan asked, "Teacher, with this letter given to my parents, does it mean donation is compulsory?" Class Teacher, Liu Su Ling replied, "It's the amount, the thought and loving-kindness. Even 10 cents, 20 cents or 50 cents can still help people." Next day, Kai Xuan donated the only money he had, his pocket money. He said, "I'm not so hungry today. So, I decided to donate my lunch money and hope they can buy some food."

PTA Chairman, Mr Lin Ming Hong said, "When I heard of the disaster, I felt so sad. I immediately thought of discussing with the school about mobilizing everyone's loving-kindness to help the victims in re-constructing their homes. It was so timely that Tzu Chi appeared. Hopefully with Tzu Chi delivering the money to the victims, their pain and suffering will be relieved."

The School Principal urged the students to donate whatever pocket money they had towards the Filipino disaster victims - truly lending a hand in times of trouble. He expressed gratitude to Tzu Chi volunteers for being the first to launch such a donation drive, thus giving the students, teachers and PTA the opportunity to contribute their loving-kindness.

 

Teachers and kids from Da Ai Kindergarten soliciting loving-kindness from the public. Many were very touched by the kids. 【Photograph by Kevin Tan Kok Sieong】 Puchong Sin Ming Chinese Primary School's teachers and students also sent their love to the Filipino disaster victims.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】

Teachers and kids from Da Ai Kindergarten soliciting loving-kindness from the public. Many were very touched by the kids. 【Photograph by Kevin Tan Kok Sieong】

Puchong Sin Ming Chinese Primary School's teachers and students also sent their love to the Filipino disaster victims.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】
PTA Chairman, Mr Lin Ming Hong leading the donation drive in school.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】 Tzu Chi volunteers were at the Selayang Wholesale Market receiving donations from foreign workers.【Photograph by Choo Kok Choi】

PTA Chairman, Mr Lin Ming Hong leading the donation drive in school.【Photograph by Lim Su Nguan】

Tzu Chi volunteers were at the Selayang Wholesale Market receiving donations from foreign workers.【Photograph by Choo Kok Choi】
Jun Xiang (center) was involved in street donation for a few days. His father, Ong Kian Giap (right) felt this was a good lesson on life. Photo: Father and son counting the collections for the day.【Photograph by Chooi Kien Keong】

Jun Xiang (center) was involved in street donation for a few days. His father, Ong Kian Giap (right) felt this was a good lesson on life. Photo: Father and son counting the collections for the day.【Photograph by Chooi Kien Keong】

 

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