Wei’s Donation to KAS
15 year old Wei lives in London and he likes football, loves TV and video games, and isn’t that keen on school…sounds familiar boys? Hehe He naturally doesn’t say very much, and once he has his mind made up, it’s very hard to shift.
When Wei recently decided to donate to Kechara Animal Sanctuary (KAS), he told his parents, Lily and Keng Nam Tan, and they knew it was for real. Lily and Keng Nam are close students of mine who are based in London. They run a study group there, and fly back once or twice every year to attend teachings, Kechara events or just to volunteer.
When discussing about how much he would like to contribute, he said all of his ang pau money! These ang pau (red packet with money, traditionally given to those who are married to the unmarried during Chinese New Year) were collected on his holiday back to Kuala Lumpur. He said that he’d like to donate all RM800, or approximately £200!
For a 15 year old (or anyone for that matter!), that money could go a long way. Wei said that the money came from his kind grandparents. He was inspired by his parents, because he saw them making donations, and he wanted to do the same..
When he received the money from his grandparents, he realised that he doesn’t really need anything, and there isn’t anything he really wants. So he thought why not he donate it to someone who needs it more than him. Since he loves animals, Wei decided to donate to KAS or Kechara Animal Sanctuary. When he was asked why he didn’t donate it to somewhere else, Wei said it is because animals suffer too. Wei doesn’t believe animals are lower than humans, and he will help them because they need help. He also said that when humans need help, he will also try to help, especially if the human will later go on to help hundreds of other lives…hehe he said it is more ‘value for money’!
I’m glad that Wei’s parents’ giving nature has rubbed off on him. They are very kind that they give him an example of how to live a dharma life, so that he can start to practise generosity while he is young. It is very important that our children learn dharma now so that when they are older, they have the right attitude and right way of thinking, and knowing how to choose between right and wrong. That is the best way for us to take care of our children, by giving them the skills to take care of themselves. And what’s the best bit? Once they learn that, WE can relax because we don’t need to worry about them anymore.
Animals and their welfare and getting rid of animal suffering is a cause that is very close to my heart. I will get a piece of land so that the animals have somewhere to stay that is safe and comfortable, and where they are not abused. I also wish to teach children and their parents how to care for animals, and have a nurture and education centre on the land so the kids have somewhere good to go on their holidays, and learn to help others.
I’m very very very happy to hear Wei has made this donation to KAS. I wish and hope that Wei will do more as he grows older, as it will really help him in the future.
Wei on a recent holiday back to Malaysia
With his older brother Shen, mother Lily and father Keng Nam, and his grandmother
Wei and his cousins and brother (Shen who is at university, and has been previously helped by Setrap)
The Tan family at their home in England. Lily and Keng Nam often have dharma sharing sessions in their back garden which you can see here..
The Tan family chapel with wonderful Vajrayogini, the Queen of the Dakinis
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