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Volunteers Inspire Camp Participants to Join

March 30, 2019 | Katrina Mina

After sharing their experiences as members of the foundation, Tzu Chi volunteers distributed red packets from Dharma Master Cheng Yen for the camp participants. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

Story Highlights

  • Senior commissioners and faith corps shared their experiences as Tzu Chi volunteers to the 75 camp participants last March 30, 2019.


As a heart-warming ending to the second day of the camp, senior commissioners and faith corps of Tzu Chi Philippines shared their experiences as volunteers of the foundations with the participants of the three-day volunteers’ camp.

The camp held in Tzu Chi Great Love Campus aims to introduce the foundation to the guests and encourage them to join as volunteers. Earlier in the day, the participants already learned about the missions of medicine and education of the foundation in the country, Tzu Chi’s international relief efforts and a lot more.

As one of the speakers during the talk, Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez got to know the participants a little more.

”We want to impart with more people about the Tzu Chi spirit and invite them to join our ranks and be a Tzu Chi volunteer. So basically, the sharing is focused on what Tzu Chi is all about.” he said.

The CEO witness how everyone was so eager to learn more about the foundation.

“I think most of our participants this time are very active [and] was throwing a lot of good questions. They really wanted to learn more about Tzu Chi… I can see that they are very interested to join our ranks.” he added.

The participants took notes of every session and eagerly asked questions about the foundation. Jaynardo Balbiran, who took a lot of notes during the session, was very grateful to be able to attend the camp. He was invited by his employer who is also a member of the foundation. Now, Jaynardo have learned a lot of things from the foundation like how generosity encompasses all economic status and his favorite Jing Si Aphorism about speaking, doing and thinking about goodness.

“[The speaker] said that this is a place where you can do good deeds and [where] you can learn and cultivate. So you’re helping and enhancing yourself at the same time. You can also learn a lot of things that you can use in your life.” said Jaynardo.

Since day one, Maria Elenita Santiago have been actively participating in the camp. She asked questions and took notes during sessions. She said that in joining Tzu Chi, she wants to set as an example to her children.

“I am really eager because I saw that even in my own little way, even if I’m poor, I can help others. I don’t need money to help.” she added.

CEO Henry Yuñez urges the participants to join Tzu Chi as soon as possible.

“The door is open and they are most welcome. Tzu Chi needs them. Master Cheng Yen needs them. We need them very much. So hopefully they join us in the soonest possible time.”

  • Volunteer Molita Chua gives an inspirational talk to the camp participants. 【Photo by Nancy Que】

  • Tzu Chi Philippines CEO Henry Yuñez also gave a speech to all the participants of the camp. The camp aims to encourage participants to join. 【Photo by Nancy Que】

  • Jaynardo Balbiran takes note of the whole session. Because of the camp, Jaynardo got to know more about the foundation. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • After the talk with the volunteers, everyone went back to their groups for sharing and discussion before going to bed. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • Maria Elenita Santiago asks questions during the talk with the volunteers. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】

  • After receiving their souvenirs from the foundation, participants excitedly skimmed through the book of Jing Si Aphorisms and the red packets. 【Photo by Katrina Mina】