On March 3, over 200 Davaoeños gathered at Davao Chong Hua High School for a double celebration, the Chinese New Year’s Blessing and the 2nd founding anniversary of Tzu Chi – Davao chapter.
As thanksgiving, all the guests were handed a red packet or ‘ang pao’ containing the blessings of Master Cheng Yen. The following day, 20-kilo sacks of rice will be given to the indigent families from across nine barangays.
Preparations for the 2-in-1 celebration started early last March 3. Before the dusk sets in, Tzu Chi volunteers of Davao and Manila chapters busied themselves with the details of the first Chinese New year’s Blessing and the second anniversary of Tzu Chi’s Davao Chapter at the Davao Chong Hua High School.
Tzu Chi held its first medical mission in Davao in 2016, extending a helping hand to Davaoeños who can’t afford treatments for their ailiments.
Since then, they became forever grateful to Tzu Chi. More than the medical attention, they appreciated the opportunity to learn the wisdom of Dharma Master Cheng Yen and live their lives with optimism. The Davaoeños have have continuously engaged in efforts to spread love and compassion in their city.
“Volunteers and members have doubled in just two years. The people of Davao have shown us their unconditional support to our mission of helping people in need. We thought of giving them ‘ang paos’ as a sign of gratitude,” says Tzu Chi volunteer Molita Chua.
Each of the over 200 attendees, comprised of students and teachers of Davao Chong Hua High School and Philippine Academy of Sakya, Inc. – Davao, local donors, Tzu Chi volunteers, beneficiaries and people interested about the foundation, received a red packet containing a commemorative gold coin, the blessings of Master Cheng Yen, and three rice grains representing her three vows – purifying the minds of people, harmonize the society, and free the world from disaster.
During the program, the Global and Philippines’ Great Treasury Sutra 2017 was shown. The screening of the year-end summary of what Tzu Chi accomplished locally and internationally was meant to familiarize the attendees more about the foundation and its mission such as environmental protection, disaster response, and medical assistance.
Aid beneficiaries also shared how the foundation gave them hope in their darkest times.
One of them is Vhay Deimos who met a motorcycle accident. Tzu Chi sponsored the surgery to correct her dislocated left eyeball which affected her vision. “I owe it to you that I can continue living normally. Tzu Chi Foundation made me realize one thing: no matter how life treated you, always look forward to greater things. Don’t give in regrets because everything happens for a reason, and always remember that in every ending there is such thing as beginning,” testifies Deimos.
Her story inspired the audience to do more for the future beneficiaries of the foundation.
“It makes me happy to see the people, who were helped by our donations to Tzu Chi, now living at ease. That kind of feeling cannot be replaced by any amount of money,” shares Oscar Chua, one of the donors who lighted their candles to pray for everyone’s hearts and minds to be at peace as the program ended.
The following day, the thanksgiving continued with Tzu Chi distributing 20-kilo sacks of rice to indigent families across nine barangays in Davao City.
Help Tzu Chi help others! Visit http://tzuchi.org.ph/how-to-help/donation/ for more information.