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The Heart of a Musician

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The world of musical production is not just a creative space where Mr Rio Lee can unleash his talent to the fullest but also a sphere that is shared with the audience and the singers of his songs.

“I’ve always felt that once I’ve completed a song, it belongs to Tzu Chi,” said the famous Taiwanese music producer. Through him, touching stories of humanity were transformed into moving music of Tzu Chi, thus articulating beauty and loving-kindness of the times.

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Beautiful, Unwavering Sibling Love

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For as long as 30 years, the Koh siblings had been staying together under one roof supporting one another with kinship and love. In the midst of helping the needy, the significance of their strong sibling bond was validated. This was unveiled when a group of more than 20 Tzu Chi volunteers were mobilized to do some renovation works for them in their HDB flat.

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Leadership Transfer - Farewell to Brother David Liu

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Ten years ago, with the blessing from Master Cheng Yen, Brother David Liu arrived in Singapore to assume the role of branch CEO, taking on the responsibility of promoting Tzu Chi missions on this island city. It has been a long and arduous decade through which an established volunteer structure has been steadily formed. Volunteers of the branch actively engaged themselves in community work and hence gained recognition from the government and the public at large. Brother Liu had played his role well and will now step down to help out by the side of Master Cheng Yen.

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20,000 Celebrate 46th Anniversary of Tzu Chi

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On 14 April, more than 20,000 people in 22 countries celebrated the 46th birthday of the Tzu Chi Foundation. Connected by videoconferencing technology, Tzu Chi volunteers and members in 150 branches around the world chanted the Medicine Buddha Sutra and prayed together in unison for all living beings.

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A Son’s Unwavering Care and Filial Piety

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Thirteen years passed since Ah Kang, who is diagnosed with skin cancer, first discovered rashes on his body to the eventual amputation of his toe and left footplate; thirteen years ago, Ah Kang received his first medical subsidy from Tzu Chi Singapore and requested to discontinue Tzu Chi’s assistance after he found a job; thirteen long years, abiding and filial, Ah Kang’s care for his mother has never wavered.

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Friends of the Heart Lotus Count Their Blessings

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31 HIV patients under Tzu Chi Singapore’s care, fondly called by the volunteers as their Friends of the Heart Lotus in Mandarin, attended their first gathering session of the year on 1 April 2012. It was a fruitful afternoon filled with love and chatter. More importantly, everyone was inspired by the life story of Grandpa Wu – they came to realize how fortunate they actually are, and the lovely afternoon ended with a sing-along as the finale.

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Veggie Fast Food Restaurant Lights Out for Charity

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Earth Hour, the worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is held on the last Saturday of March annually to encourage households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. VeganBurg, a local fast food restaurant in Jalan Eunos, participated enthusiastically this year by having their lights out for one hour. All income earned on the hour was also donated to Tzu Chi and Singapore Red Cross Society.

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VERO 2.0: A New Phase of Vegetarianism Promotion

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At a time when the world is facing imminent food and clean water crises and feeling the need to prompt fellow youths to think about the environmental impact of meat consumption while reminding them the cruelty inflicted upon farmed animals, the youth volunteers of Tzu Chi Singapore recently launched the second phase of their VERO project to march towards collecting 100,000 vegetarian meals by December 2012..

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