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Passing the Baton On in Blood Donations

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65-year-old Chen Xing Yuan (left) poses for a photo with a Tzu Chi volunteer after the completion of his 125th time donating blood and wishes to encourage young people to be blood donors while they are young. (Photo by Lim Chwee Lian)

At the quarterly blood donation drive held at the Tampines Central Community Club, Tzu Chi volunteers not only met a blood donor who has been donating blood for the past 30 years, they also saw hope for the future in the young donors, who would continue to pass the baton on. A total of 61 units of blood were collected during the event, and the donors felt very happy to be able to help save lives.

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Tzu Chings Start Out On the Right Foot

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Tzu Ching senior Chen Dian Zhong (pointing at the slide with his index finger) using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to explain to camp participants the hopes that the Master pins on them. (Photo by Liu Hong Liang)

“Every Singapore Tzu Ching must never forget the kindness in their hearts, and be ever giving their help to others.” These are the heartfelt words from Dharma Master Cheng Yen to the Tzu Chings (members of the Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association in Singapore.) From 5 to 7 August 2016, 26 Tzu Ching leaders gathered at the Jing Si Hall for a 2-day and 3-night training camp. Apart from some timeout from their daily routine, they used the time to find inner peace and rediscover their aspirations.

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A Chapter on Determination and Freedom in Life

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Tony (left) found his direction in life  after getting to know Tzu Chi, whose volunteers care for him as they would their own family members. (Photo by Zheng Zhen Yu)

How would you deal with it if the mobility on one side of your body was affected? For cerebral palsy patient Tony Ng Hee Kiat, who was unable to live life normally since he was a child, the road growing up was not easy. He was resentful of his condition and threw things around to vent his anger. Things began to change some four years ago when he started learning the Dharma and walked into the fold of Tzu Chi. From then on, his life took a vast change as he learnt how he could give back to society.

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Adding Years of Fortune Without Joss Paper

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The most apt description of Tzu Chi recycling staff Feng Theam Fook would be “Be willing to give and happy to accept what comes our way.” (Photo by Guo Pei Fen)

“Retirement”, “rest” and “troubles” are words not found in Tzu Chi volunteer Feng Theam Fook’s books, and the most apt description of the man’s character would be the Jing Si Aphorism: “Be willing to give and happy to accept what comes our way”. Ten years ago, Feng wound up his incense and joss paper business, and since then, his lorry has only transported recyclables as it travels throughout the whole island.

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Grandpa Austin – A Hard Life Healed by Great Love

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96-year-old Grandpa Austin, who was abandoned by his family, had never imagined that a group of strangers from afar would come to his aid. (Photo credit: Tzu Chi Zimbabwe)

“Grandpa Austin, thank you for being God’s precious gift bestowed on us. We are very blessed, because you delivered Grandpa Austin. We will always love you because you are God’s blessings among us.” As the group of Tzu Chi volunteers in Zimbabwe presented this lovingly penned song to him, 96-year-old Grandpa Austin was deeply touched by the great love he felt from everyone, and he couldn’t hold back the tears from rolling down his sun-weathered face.

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Paper Flowers that Convey Gratitude

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Speaker Lee Mei Ping (standing), a Principal Consultat from Goshen Consultancy Services Pte Ltd, shares with Tzu Chi volunteers the art of communicating with the elderly. (Photo by Teoh Moh Sang)

How does one communicate effectively with elderly folks? Tzu Chi Singapore invited Principal Consultant Lee Mei Ping from Goshen Consultancy Services Pte Ltd to address this topic during a meeting of the leaders in charge of its Charity Mission. The 82 volunteers who attended, benefitted from the insights gleaned as they prepared to put their knowledge to good use in the planned house visits to beneficiaries in the upcoming months.

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Propagating the Right Practices During the Seventh Lunar Month

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Tzu Chi’s two-day environmental exhibition which started on 30 July 2016, was timed during the seventh lunar month with the objective of educating the public about vegetarianism and environmental protection. (Photo by Feng Gui Qiong)

“Shark”, “sea turtle”, “roast meat”, “a river” ─ these were just some examples of the exhibits which Tzu Chi volunteers helped transport into the Jing Si Hall for a two-day environmental exhibition, which started on 30 July 2016. It was timed during the seventh lunar month with the objective of educating the public about vegetarianism and environmental protection.

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Tzu Chi Brings Hearing Test to Yuhua Residents

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Minister Grace Fu Hai Yien and MP for Yuhua (first from right) visited to understand the process of the hearing test offered at the health screening. (Photo by Lin Ming Da)

On 17 July 2016, Tzu Chi Foundation (Singapore) partnered with the Yuhua senior citizens committee in organizing a free health screening event. This year, an additional hearing test was added to the list of services, so that residents could receive timely medical advice. Tzu Chi volunteers also set up a “Tzu Chi 50th Anniversary” photography exhibition on site so that residents could learn more about the missions of the organization.

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