Year-End Blessing Ceremony was held on January 13, 2019 to thank all the volunteers; donors; recipients and scholars of the Tzu Chi Foundation for their support.
At the start of the new year, we celebrate the good deeds and relentless support our donors, volunteers and scholars have provided for Tzu Chi for the past year. Master Cheng Yen hopes that we continue to show compassion for all lives, treating everyone and everything with respect and advocating unity within our community in order for us to sow blessings.
Tzu Chi Foundation conducted 3 Year-End Blessings on the 13th of January, there was a Chinese session in the morning; an English/Filipino session in the afternoon and another session for our scholars late in the afternoon.
The ceremonies aimed to report on what Tzu Chi Foundation has accomplished in the year 2018 with its missions on charity, education, medicine and humanity all over the world and specially in the Philippines.
To further showcase the highlights of the year, the Great Treasury Sutra was presented to the guests. The video showed the immediate response of the organization to disasters such as the relief in Marikina and San Mateo, the unrelenting propagation of values and Master Cheng Yen’s teachings by holding monthly humanity classes and study groups, and providing what is needed for the less fortunate which was embodied through the Livelihood Programs, rice distributions, and medical missions.
The red envelopes that the donors and scholars received symbolize Tzu Chi and Master Cheng Yen’s gratitude for their contributions to Tzu Chi missions.
Tzu Chi Philippines CEO, Henry Yuñez explained that every year, during this season and before the Chinese New Year, we conduct the Year-End Ceremony which we take as an opportunity to thank the donors for their support. A way to show them this is by giving them the red envelopes which serve as blessings.
“We are simply relaying Master’s gratitude to all our donors,” Yuñez added.
To him, it is important to conduct the program to show them that their donations have been a big help to the foundation, and that the recipients are leading a better life.
Tzu Chi volunteer Joseph Co shared what he saw in the aftermath of tropical depression “Usman” and asked donors to share what they have in order to create good affinities.
“It really is not about the amount. It’s the dedication, the willingness to help, that is what’s important. Because for the poor, one peso is equivalent to a million. Master tells us that the person’s desire to give is what matters,” said Co.
Stationed all over the world, Tzu Chi’s charity work have reached beyond any borders. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines deputy representative minister, James Chu shared his sentiments towards the organization due to his exposure as a diplomat in different continents and experiencing first hand how Tzu Chi Foundation helped in the field of charity, medicine and specially during disaster in every part of the world. He also feel the sincerity and trust the locals possess for Tzu Chi which he admires.
Mary Jane Gacuna, a donor for five years was a recipient during Typhoon Ondoy. She understood the value of giving, which is why she makes sure to fill her coin banks regularly.
“I encountered Tzu Chi during Typhoon Ondoy when volunteers went to our area to conduct a relief. Donating coins enables us to share our blessings and since we experienced receiving help before, we want to be the ones to give back now,” said Gacuna.