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Veggie meals pave way for call to help those suffering

Saturday, 09 September 2017 16:4 PM | ARTICLE BY | Luisa Cabato
Employees of Mitsukoshi Motors Philippines, Inc. (MMPI) thank Tzu Chi Foundation for the free vegetarian lunch, a first for the company. Volunteers encourage them to have a vegetarian meal at least once a month and gradually include vegetable dishes on their daily meals. They also enlighten the employees about the importance of helping people with whatever resources they have. 【Photo by Luisa Cabato】

Story Highlights

  • Tzu Chi volunteers on September 9 delivered 250 packed vegetarian lunches to Mitsukoshi Motors Philippines, Inc., (MMPI) an importer of motorcycles in Quezon City.
  • Along with the vegetarian meals, Tzu Chi volunteers took the opportunity to introduce the company to the Buddhist organization’s advocacies, vegetarianism among them.

Concern for the well-being of other people is a characteristic not all people possess. It requires an effort to build a connection with anyone who has the same goal of making this world better.

Not everyone is aware of Tzu Chi Foundation’s mission of alleviating the suffering of people from different parts of the country, if not the world. Only those who have already experienced its help are aware of its efforts to lessen the burden in their hearts.

For that, Tzu Chi volunteers engage in information drives no matter the activity.

On September 9, Tzu Chi spread the word of vegetarianism to the employees of Mitsukoshi Motors Philippines, Inc. (MMPI), a distributor of imported motorcycles in Quezon City. They brought a total of 250 packed lunches for employees to enjoy a complete vegetarian meal.

MMPI’s owner Ngan Cheung Wai and his cousin Sunshine Wang paved the way for Tzu Chi volunteers to promote the foundation’s advocacies, one of which is vegetarianism. This is a first for the company.

“This is an opportunity to let my employees knows about what Tzu Chi is doing and also let them feel from the heart where the contribution go,” says Ngan.

The employees are shocked upon realizing that the meat-like dishes are made from pure vegetables and non-meat substitutes.

“The food is good. Though we were already oriented that we are going to eat vegetarian meal, I was still shocked and in awe because it looks like meat. But when I tasted it I was amazed because it’s healthy and easy to eat. I am happy that I get the chance to eat a lunch from Tzu Chi,” says Kharla Mendoza, audit officer-in-charge.

Volunteers are happy because employees get the chance to eat a meal without killing an animal and harming the environment.

Tzu Chi volunteer Olga Vendivel talked about the importance of helping one another despite differences. She shares that 99 percent of the foundation’s beneficiaries are Filipino and non-Buddhists. Taking a page from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 21:1-4, “The Widow’s Offering”), she narrates how a poor woman gave the only money she has for the sake of people who are more in need.

Vendivel adds that giving should come from the heart and that there is no small or big amount as long as it comes from the heart.

“Actually it’s the first time that I get to know more information about Tzu Chi. All I knew is they help those people near in this building who were struck by fire. Now I see the big part of Tzu Chi and they already helped many people not only here in Metro Manila, I saw their help to Ondoy and Yolanda (Haiyan) victims and it feels nice that a foundation like this helps people,” says Angelica Del Rosario, a training coordinator.

The experience has lit up the fire of love and service for people in need in the employees’ hearts.

“Because I’m pregnant, when I’m trying the vegetarian food I found it’s very healthy and this is a good chance for me to know about the Tzu Chi Foundation. The vegetarian food, I think, this is a first time for them to eat,” says Wang.

Last Updated: Saturday, 09 September 2017 16:4 PM

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