Tzu Chi volunteers have been going to different companies to spread the teachings of Master Cheng Yen and inspire the public to create blessings by helping poor and ailing people.
On October 10, Tzu Chi volunteers visited the Abacus Securities Corporation in Ortigas Center, Pasig City to conduct a talk to its employees. A total of 100 employees attended the activity. Some of them were from the MyTrade and Berjaya Corporations, which are also owned by businessman Paul Soo.
Prior to the volunteers’ visit in his company, Soo together with his business partner Vincent Tan paid a visit to Tzu Chi’s head office in Quezon City. That visit paved the way for Tzu Chi volunteers to meet and spread the seeds of love with Tan’s employees.
“During that visit, the [Tzu Chi] volunteers mentioned that they want to inform more people about Tzu Chi’s charity works. We thought it’s a good project, (so I let Tzu Chi visit) the company. I think it’s good to let people know what Tzu Chi is doing,” shares Soo.
“I have been fortunate to have met Master Cheng Yen when I went to Taiwan, and I’ve been more fortunate to witness how the [Tzu Chi] volunteers work so selflessly. I think that’s what differentiates the foundation [from the rest] – the volunteers are very sincere. I think this program is something that all of us should participate with. That’s why I told [Tzu Chi volunteers] to please come [to my company] and everybody will listen to them,” adds Soo.
Soo also says that he is willing to support all of the programs that Tzu Chi will launch because he believes that the foundation’s objective is for the goodness of the people who are in need.
Knowing what Tzu Chi is
Tzu Chi volunteer Olga Vendivel served as the master of the program. She discussed the history of Tzu Chi Foundation, introduced the organization’s founder Master Cheng Yen to the participants, and showed a video presentation of the charity works that Tzu Chi has been carrying out in the Philippines.
Donna Castillo, one of the employees of Abacus, was amazed with what Tzu Chi has accomplished.
“I never knew that someone who is not Filipino, someone who is not from our religion would really have the heart to help everyone who needs it without expecting anything in return. So, I learned that as long as you want to help, it is possible,” says Castillo.
Castillo also commended the efforts of Tzu Chi for visiting different companies to spread about the organization and its spirit to more people. Castillo believes that such programs make people realize that it’s time to give back.
“I’m sure everyone is willing to help, they just feel that they are so busy with work. Of course, we need to work, we need to earn for our family, and we need to feed our family so the other things that we have to do, we end up not doing because we feel we don’t have time,” says Castillo.
“The talk today made me realized that,everyone is born good. We just have to practice being good and continue being good. If you don’t have the time, make time if you really want to help,” she adds.
Employees vow to help
Malou Santos, the Human Resource administrator of Abacus, vows to regularly donate to Tzu Chi as her way of sending love to the needy.
“I think when you give, you give what is in your heart. There is no big or small amount in giving. What is important is that you don’t look down on the people you help, you still give them respect and dignity,” says Santos.
Another employee, Shiela Aguilar, expressed her willingness to become a volunteer for Tzu Chi.
“I’ve attended the orientation, and I’m glad that I did. I admire what Tzu Chi is doing all this time. I believe in their principle of helping out the poor people and those who are ill. After hearing the presentation from Tzu Chi Foundation, I want to volunteer myself to be of service to the foundation,’’ shares Aguilar.
Aguilar said she has received abundant blessings and wants to share it with other people. She also encouraged her officemates to join her in volunteering for the foundation.
“For those people who are actually having second thoughts about giving themselves of as volunteer to the foundation, I encourage them to join this foundation for it will help them a lot. It will also teach them [the importance of sharing] their blessings to other people,’’ says Aguilar.
At the end of the program, Abacus Chairman, Paul Soo, was glad to know that his employees listened and absorbed the wisdom from the talk. He believed that the teachings will inspire his people not only to be more efficient in work but to be better individuals.
Tzu Chi volunteers have been going to different companies to spread the teachings of Master Cheng Yen and inspire the public to create blessings for themselves and for many poor and ailing people.
The employees from Abacus Securities Corporation and its sister companies, MyTrade and Berjaya, attend the program organized by Tzu Chi Foundation volunteers. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Before the program starts, Tzu Chi provided free meals to the attendees. The attendees are also encouraged to eat everything as Tzu Chi is also an advocate of Zero-Waste lifestyle. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
One of the employees enjoys the vegetarian meal prepared by Tzu Chi. The employee finds the food tastier than real meat. According to her, the food is also ‘guilty-free’. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi volunteer Olga Vendivel leads the program. She talks about Tzu Chi’s charity works and the importance of sharing one’s blessings with the attendees. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The employees listen and watch the video presentations intently. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The participants watch a video presentation about the history of Tzu Chi Foundation, and learn some trivia about its founder, Master Cheng Yen. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi volunteers also talk about the Great Love Village, Tzu Chi’s housing community for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in Palo, Leyte. More than providing homes, Tzu Chi has changed the typhoon victims’ lives for the better through the values that they have learned from the foundation. 【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
Tzu Chi volunteers show the bags that the residents of Tzu Chi Great Love Village in Palo, Leyte have made. Sewing bags is one of the many livelihood programs Tzu Chi has started for the residents of the village.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】
The Chairman of the Abacus Corporation gives his closing remarks. He expresses his appreciation for the employees’ willingness to attend the program and his gratitude to Tzu Chi Foundation for sharing positive teachings with them.【Photo by Chloe Dela Cruz】