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Collecting recyclables and sending box lunches

  • Tzu Chi people will come to Lawan Kuda once every two months to collect used items for recycling. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily
  • Ng Yut Mooi volunteers at Gopeng MCA physiotherapy centre. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily
  • Ng is collecting donations from local residents on behalf of Tzu Chi (L). Ng and a companion distribute box lunches to the poor. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

GOPENG, Oct 21 (Sin Chew Daily) -- Tzu Chi volunteer Ng Yut Mooi is a very popular figure in Lawan Kuda Baru new village, and is affectionately called the “big sister” by local residents.

Despite her age, she continues to collect used items for recycling and distribute box lunches to the poor and underprivileged.

Ng started to be involved in charity works since she was 40, and has helped several charitable organisations as volunteer such as Xim Phou Moon, Good Samaritan Home and New Hope.

She later came to know Tzu Chi through a neighbour. However, as Tzu Chi membership is only open to individuals without any political background, Ng can only help out as a volunteer, because she is the chairperson of Wanita MCA Gopeng division and Lawan Kuda branch.

During an interview with Sin Chew Daily, 65-year-old Ng said she had already started doing charity at Lawan Kuda Baru before joining the activities of the aforementioned organisations. She even made her house a recycling pick-up station for the convenience of local residents, collecting used items from them before sending to charitable organisations.

“We later decided to make use of the vacant land beside Lawan Kuda MCA as recycling station and our volunteers will categorise the collected items there before Tzu Chi's people come once every two months.”

Besides, Ng also collects donations from local residents on behalf of Tzu Chi.

Three times a week, she will work as volunteer at Gopeng MCA physiotherapy centre.

On the first and 15th days of the lunar calendar, Ng will distribute box lunches to the poor along with a companion on a motorcycle.

“We send directly to the beneficiaries' homes. There are about 40 box lunches sponsored by kind-hearted people during each trip.”

Married with two sons and two daughters, Ng's children often follow her when she goes out for voluntary works and have been very supportive of her.

Ng said she felt happy being able to help other people, and would continue doing so for as long as she is still able to.

“Where politics is concerned, I have thought of letting the young people take over, but for charity, I will do as much as I can myself, and will not give up because of age.”

She said she had to work at a tin mine to help support the family after her husband was injured when she was 25.

She worked at the tin mine for three years before going to help at her sister's dim sum shop.

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