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The Singapore Tzu Chi Collegiate Youths have been actively promoting vegetarianism since last year by kickstarting a campaign called VERO, short for Veggie Heroes. This time, they hope to bring the youths’ attention to the origins of daily food, unraveling the secrets involved in food production before they land on our dining table. Based on the theme ‘Simplicity is Beauty’, the organizing committee held an exploring session on 27 May where 31 participants learnt about the natural goodness of fruits and vegetables through the five senses.

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TTSH Staff Gathers for First Welcoming Session

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On 26 May, seven active Tzu Chi medical volunteers who are working in Tan Tock Seng Hospital organized the first Tzu Chi welcoming session at the Tzu Chi Free Clinic. The session aims to recruit more volunteers for the Tzu Chi International Medical Association (TIMA), and also to introduce Tzu Chi to their fellow colleagues. 38 medical staff including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and nutritionists gathered in the spirit of Tzu Chi and pledged to promote recycling within their hospital community.

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300,000 Attend Buddha Day Ceremonies in 34 Countries

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Sunday, 13 May, was the birthday of Buddha and the Tzu Chi Foundation. It was also Mother’s Day. To mark this important anniversary, the Foundation held at least 314 ceremonies in 34 countries and regions around the world.

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Sending a Care Recipient Off – A Life Journey Completed

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While everyone was busy preparing for the World Peace Interfaith Prayer Ceremony in early-mid May, the South Zone volunteers received news about the passing of a former care recipient. On 14 May, the day after the prayer ceremony, 11 volunteers went through his funeral proceedings over the waters at Changi Harbour and reminisced about the camaraderie with him for the past few years.

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Witnessing the Beauty of Religion at the 2012 Interfaith Prayer Ceremony

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On 13 May, a World Peace Interfaith Prayer Ceremony was held at Yio Chu Kang Stadium to celebrate Buddha’s birthday*, Mothers’ Day and the 46th anniversary of Tzu Chi Foundation. The event was Tzu Chi Singapore’s first to gather close to 10,000 government officials, religious leaders, members of the public as well as its own volunteers to pray for a harmonious society and a world free of disasters.

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Where there’s a Will, There’s a Way

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The grand Tzu Chi 46th Anniversary Celebration cum World Peace Interfaith Prayer Ceremony held at YCK Stadium on 13 May has attracted many participants of different races, nationalities and religions. Several members in the ‘46’ and ‘Bodhi Leaf’ human formation and the audience were physically and emotionally challenged but they came with the will to pay homage to the Buddha and pray for world peace.

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The Greatest Love on Earth

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The Parent-Child Bonding Class held a heartwarming session on 6 May 2012 on the theme ‘Filial Piety’ in conjunction with Mothers’ Day by having children in the class serve tea to their parents as well as cleansing their father’s and mother’s feet. Many of the 82 parents were touched to tears seeing their little ones kneeling before them.

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Thanking the Enlightened One with Solemn Ceremonies

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May is a month of Joy for the global Tzu Chi community. Early this month, eight Tzu Chi volunteers travelled to Sri Lanka to help organize two Buddha Day ceremonies which saw more than 200 local volunteers and residents basking in the joy of honouring the Buddha, parents and all sentient beings as well as praying for a disaster-free world.

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