7979幸福巴士特辑 7979幸福巴士-送暖到你心（试跑） 7979 Bas Bahagia Special Issue 7979 Bas Bahagia - Warming Up Your Heart (Trial Run)
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Going into the Rural Areas to Serve Them
Rev. Andrew Wong who came from a small town is the CEO of HISTEAM cum 7979 Bas Bahagia Organising Committee’s Chairman, he understands the difficulties faced by the underprivileged living in rural areas are much more than those underprivileged who live in the cities. Especially, when the health of elderlies who live in rural areas starts to deteriorate, they can hardly enjoy any health or medical benefits. Simultaneously, financial difficulties and transport inconveniences added more hurdles to their already challenging lives. In rural areas, the population is lower and usually lives in scattered. Therefore, when the elderly face any problem, they cannot seek assistance immediately. Similarly, when the church became aware of their condition, but due to limited resources and inadequate facilities, the church could not respond in the first instance.
Looking at the hopeless and helpless condition of the elderlies and rural churches, Rev. Wong hoped that he could import “1919 Blessed Bus” project which was initiated by Taiwan CCRA (HISTEAM’s strategic partner) into Malaysia, to serve and bless the elderlies in the rural areas. This year, 7979 Bas Bahagia ministry which HISTEAM organised in Peninsular Malaysia is on a trial run. The purpose of this project is to bring available resources to small churches in rural areas, mobilise professionals of different services to serve those lonely rural areas’ elderlies and partner with local volunteers of 7979 Holistic Care Stations to serve together.
Few months before 7979 Bas Bahagia embarked on its journey, HISTEAM had signed MOU with those 7979 Holistic Care Stations. From then on, the care stations would identify 12 to 15 beneficiaries who would accept 7979 Bas Bahagia services and qualify by our requirements. For example, the elderly must be 55 years or above, comes from a financially disadvantaged family, and lastly, ensure the elderly can be present for the event. In order for the elderly to enjoy a personal and custom-made service, 7979 Bas Bahagia organising committee partnered with care stations to get the exact measurements for their clothing and shoes. Besides this, the volunteers of care stations would actively follow up on the beneficiaries’ conditions and remind them repeatedly to present on the day of the event.
From 26th August till 2nd September of this year, for a total of 8 days, a bus filled with volunteers travelled across 4 states (Pahang, Johor, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan) to 8 small towns to serve the elderly in rural areas. The morning of the opening ceremony was sunny and bright, a group of volunteers with turquoise colour T-shirts gathered at Seremban Agape Community Church, preparing to welcome a new project - “Bas Bahagia - Warming Up Your Heart” (trial run). When all the volunteers received the blessing from HISTEAM's Director - Rev. Paulus Wong’s benediction, everyone joyously boarded the bus and embarked on an 8-day journey!
Everyone Works Harmoniously on Their Assigned Position
The driver was driving a bus with the sticker “7979 Bas Bahagia - Warming Up Your Heart”, fearless of the distance that the journey would take, he drove close to 40 volunteers across 4 states to 8 small towns, to work with local volunteers of 7979 Holistic Care Stations, giving away 120 bags of souvenirs to the elderly. Among those elderlies who received our souvenir, only 105 of them attended our event and received our services, the other 15 were absent because of some reasons (such as deaths and illnesses). For the remaining elderlies who could not attend and receive services, volunteers of 7979 Holistic Care Station would pay a visit to them to deliver the souvenirs. Professional services offered by 7979 Bas Bahagia were ultrasound scans (98 individuals), oral care (92 individuals), manicures (92 individuals), and hairstyling (92 individuals). There were also other services such as emotional and spiritual care, dress-up services, and Polaroid photo taking. Every volunteer served the elderly dedicatedly on their assigned task, so that they may experience quality services.
7979 Holistic Care Stations that participated in Bas Bahagia project were：
So Good to Have Elderly Volunteers with Us
7979 Bas Bahagia program flow mainly has warm-up activities, a dentist giving a talk on oral care, hairstyling, manicure and pedicure, dressing services, photo taking and souvenirs, etc.
Taking into consideration the hesitation the elderly might have when receiving each service, the organiser specifically arranged Angels Dance Troupe to lead the audience in some warm-up activities before and after each service. “When the elderly start to sing and dance, they’ll automatically relax and put down their guard and accept our services, only then, we can engage in conversation without any difficulties.” Elder Lee, a co-worker of HISTEAM explained the purpose of warming-up activities. Angels Dance Troupe is a volunteer group formed by a group of elderlies, their age is similar to those elderlies that 7979 Bas Bahagia is serving. It was so good to have the involvement of elderly volunteers in this 7979 Bas Bahagia trip.
A Gift from a Genuine Heart
At the end of our program, the volunteers would personally hand over the souvenirs to every beneficiary, in hoping that they might feel the volunteers’ love and care. The souvenirs are really good stuff, we have health food and supplements in them. All these gifts were donated by kind-hearted business enterprises, such as Nano Food, Secret Recipe, Caring Pharmacy, Hovid and Beacon Hospital. We are thankful for their sponsorship or donation to 7979 Bas Bahagia whether in the form of gifts, clothing, dress-up gift packs, or other resources.
Other than the support received from sponsors, 7979 Bas Bahagia also received a total offering of RM201,360.65. We want to thank all donors for giving us strong support through monetary offerings that have ensured everything can be run smoothly. Thus, many more elderly will be able to enjoy these awesome blessings.
Real Blessing Joy Would Leave a Beautiful Memory
The closing ceremony was held at Agape Community Church Seremban in the afternoon at the end of 8 days of services. Senior Pastor of Agape Community Church Seremban, Rev. Paulus Wong, cum HISTEAM’s BOD member gave the speech. He said, that with our nation’s obvious increase aging population, he hopes that through this project more underprivileged elderly will be cared for.
Rev. Paulus Wong said,
“Real blessing and joy would leave beautiful memories
to the elderlies.”
Meaning that caring for others would let them feel blessed and be filled with joy,
hence leaving a beautiful memory behind.
What Do the Volunteers Say❓
📌Doctor, Dr. Ong and family (Ultrasound scan): The incomplete medical facilities in rural areas have caused the elderlies unable to receive a complete medical check-up, thus they missed the best time for treatment. Coincidently, I have one extra mobile ultrasound scan in my clinic, so it could be used in 7979 Bas Bahagia project, to do physical check-ups for the elderly, to help them seize the golden hour for treatment. This time, we brought along my two children to serve, they enjoyed the process of serving the elderly, and this could be a good opportunity for them to learn to serve others. Because back at home, they are the ones being served by the elderly.
📌Dentist, Dr. Alice Tong (Dental check-up): This is my first time joining such a big event of volunteer service. The other services that 7979 Bas Bahagia provided truly opened my eyes, I just realised that the elderly have other needs too, such as emotional and spiritual care, manicure and physical check-ups. In the process of dental check-ups, I discovered that many elderlies are afraid of going to the clinic to do dental check-ups, I hope that through this Bas Bahagia project, the elderly will be braver to go to a dental clinic.
📌Bro. Arick Pua (hairstylist): Hairstyling depends a lot on the mood and attitude of the customer. As long as the customer has the right attitude, then I’ll be able to cut a soulful and charming hairstyle that is suitable to their personality. On the other hand, the elderly in rural areas are more innocent, the problems they face are much simpler and unison. This enables me to communicate with them and help them to cut a hairstyle that suits them.
📌Sis. Lee (Emotional and Spiritual Care): A person who is in charge of emotional and spiritual care needs to be able to listen, have a heart that is willing to listen to others sharing, find the main issue from their sharing, and then raise relevant points, lead them slowly out of the problems. Emotional and spiritual care is not limited to pastors or professionals in relevant fields only, as long as one serves with a smile, genuinely willing to listen, then he or she can care for the elderly’s soul and spirit.
📌Sis. Lim (Fashion Stylist): Fortunately, I can see many gramps and grannies really in need of others’ assistance. What we did for them was just a very small favour. Upon completion of Bas Bahagia service, I’m already thinking of introducing this project to my church, hopefully, we can also serve the elderly in my church.
The Voice of Beneficiaries
💖Granny Xin Yi (Pseudonym): Thankful to 7979 Bas Bahagia for dressing me up, I hope you can also feel blessed and joyful, I’m very happy. Over here, I can enjoy services such as manicures and hairstyling, besides from getting my teeth cleaned and also a doctor who gently does ultrasound check-ups on my body.
💖Granny Shi Lan (pseudonym): I have never been to such a good place before, I enjoyed 5-star service, and I like the good services provided by 7979 Bas Bahagia, every face is full of smiles.
💖Granny Ah Mei (pseudonym): The volunteers are loving, services are good. I’m very happy, they have indeed helped me, and I enjoyed the process of being served.
活动结束后，志工们亲自把伴手礼交给每位受惠者的手上，希望他们感受送礼者的爱和关怀。伴手礼的内容很丰富，包含年长者可食用的保健及营养食品。这一份份的礼物全由爱心商家们赞助的。在此感谢大会赞助商：Nano Food、Secret Recipe、Caring Pharmacy、何人可有限公司（Hovid）和宝康医院。感谢他们赞助7979幸福巴士礼品、服装造型礼物包和其他资源。
除了获得赞助商的支持，7979幸福巴士共收到的奉献金额为 RM 201,360.65。感谢捐献者鼎力以金钱支持，使这项事工顺利进行，让更多年长者收到满满的祝福。