Tzu Chi’s charity work is inspired by great love to provide material and spiritual relief to anyone in need, regardless of nationality, language and religion. In 1993, Tzu Chi volunteers raised funds to help cover medical costs of the needy at Pukekohe Hospital, which marked the beginning of the Charity Mission in New Zealand. Since then, Tzu Chi has provided financial and material aid, welfare organisation support and disaster relief.
Tzu Chi’s philosophy of compassion relief is a continuous process, only stopping when the recipients are able to stand on their own feet; urging the rich to help the poor and vivify the poor to the joy of giving.
Working with Welfare Organisations
For more than a decade, Tzu Chi volunteers have collaborated and supported various welfare organisations in the local community. Tailoring to the needs of our partners, Tzu Chi plays a critical role in connecting the Asian community to local organisations.
Tzu Chi collaborates with many organisations including Stroke Clubs, City Mission, Budgeting Service, Auckland South Correctional Facility, schools in Auckland and Christchurch, Rest Homes, Communi-care, Auckland City Council, hospitals, and conservation trusts.
Material Aid and Donations
Tzu Chi commissioners devote their efforts to collect charity donations from general public, and strictly abides to the principle of contributing back to the local community. Hence, each donation or request for aid is carefully recorded and discussed, utilising the donations from the community to their fullest potential.
Making reference to the humble beginnings of Tzu Chi Foundation in Taiwan, Master Cheng Yen believes that the joy of giving is not a privilege of the rich. Each gesture and act of kindness is invaluable. Good thoughts leading to action would bring good karma that radiates around the world.
From fundraising to serving food to the homeless and delivering moral values to the inmates, the love and compassion is spread across many regions within New Zealand.