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Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

Join Us in Showering Love on the Filipino Typhoon Victims

Written by  By Koh Poo Leng, Klang / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Granny Akilandam (left) gave each of her granddaughters a note to donate to the Philippines' typhoon victims.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

There was an aura of peacefulness and kindness at the Padang Jawa's PPR Flats on the night of November 18, 2013. That night, Tzu Chi volunteers were there to raise funds for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines, with help from the resident volunteers. The response was overwhelming.


Upon learning the news about the Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan disaster, Tzu Chi volunteers in Malaysia immediately launched a "Shower Your Love on Philippines' Typhoon Haiyan Victims" fundraising campaign on November 12, 2013.

At 8.30 pm on November 18, approximately 40 Indian and Chinese volunteers of Tzu Chi visited Padang Jawa PPR (People's Housing Programme) flats to invite the residents to shower their love on the typhoon victims. The volunteers divided themselves into 3 teams to cover the 3 blocks of apartments.



New volunteer, Rita, tried hard to attract the attention of the residents in a house by calling out, "Kakak...Aneh..." in Malay and Tamil as she was unsure of the nationalities of the house residents.

That day was Rita's third fundraising session. Although she was having a back pain, she said, "I am fine. Seeing people making donations has made me forget my pain. I will attend to it tomorrow."

"We are Tzu Chi volunteers raising relief funds for the Filipino Typhoon victims. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated and will truly help to make a difference. Are you willing to give them your blessing?" When the resident opened the door, Murugan, who was holding the donation box, quickly approached the resident with a warm greeting.

Murugan was an unhappy man before volunteering with Tzu Chi. He had numerous complaints about his life because he has an autistic child and was unable to provide his family a good life. He encountered Tzu Chi through his daughter, who attended the tuition class provided by Tzu Chi volunteers. After joining the home and hospital visits with Tzu Chi volunteers, Murugan has realized how much better off he is compared to the care-recipients and patients. Since then, he has become a happy man and a happy volunteer.

Murugan said, "I just want to help the victims. Hopefully, they can get out of their predicament as soon as possible."



Tzu Chi volunteer, Chong Sui San looked at the Indian volunteers, whom she nurtured, with a big smile. She said, "Last year, we were here to raise funds but it was a failure, because no one knew us. This time, with the help of our Indian volunteers, the response is so different, and everyone who opened their doors, had contributed."

Malay resident, Sharina bte Hassan, did not hesitate to put some money into the donation box after listening to the volunteers' explanation. She said, "I saw the news on TV and felt sad for the children at the disaster area. My donation is not much but it carries my sincere wish to help them."

"Terima Kasih (Thank you)...", the Indian and Chinese volunteers thanked her in unison. Sharina was surprised to receive so many "Terima Kasih" for her kind act.

"Please wait, I want to donate," was the voice of 5-year old Leninkumar. He ran after the volunteers with a RM10/- note in his hand.

A volunteer asked him, "I saw you donate just now, you want to donate again?" Leninkumar nodded his head and said he and his brother would like to donate the money given by their grandfather to the Philippines' victims.

Another resident, Granny Akilandam also took out a RM10/- and RM5/- note and gave them to her less-than-a-year-old twin granddaughters to donate through their little hands. Granny said she hoped they will grow up to be kind and wise.



In less than 2 hours, the three fundraising teams managed to collect about RM1,000/-. At 10 pm, they gathered at the basketball court before going home. Everyone was happy and grateful for the opportunity to do something for the Typhoon victims.

That night the Padang Jawa's PPR Flats was immersed in an aura of peacefulness and kindness...

 

The fundraising teams, comprising Padang Jawa PPR residents and volunteers, sang the “Prayer” song before embarking on their fundraising mission. 【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】 Chong Sui San (front right) explaining to the participants about the objective.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

The fundraising teams, comprising Padang Jawa PPR residents and volunteers, sang the “Prayer” song before embarking on their fundraising mission. 【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

Chong Sui San (front right) explaining to the participants about the objective.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】
Sharina said, “My donation is not much but it carries my sincere wish to help them.” 【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】 Despite having a back pain, Rita did not want to give up the opportunity to participate in the fundraising campaign.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

Sharina said, “My donation is not much but it carries my sincere wish to help them.” 【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

Despite having a back pain, Rita did not want to give up the opportunity to participate in the fundraising campaign.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】
Murugan, who used to be an unhappy man, has found great joy through volunteering with Tzu Chi.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

Murugan, who used to be an unhappy man, has found great joy through volunteering with Tzu Chi.【Photograph by Tai Fuey Tat】

 

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