The seed of the Dawn Cultural & Educational Association was planted 22 years ago with the birth of the Persatuan Pengajian Agama ChiHui Tang Kuala Lumpur (‘ChiHui Tang”) which has the vision to extend its contribution beyond the role of a religious organisation to include folstering a harnomious and peaceful society for all human beings via Educational and cultural awareness efforts. With the supports from many who share the same vision, the seed germinated and the organisation has over the years successfully implemented more than 300 social and charity activities within Malaysia and across the border to Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Macau, just to name a few locations.
Some notable activities proud to be mentioned are the various large scale religion conferences, mid-autumn festival street processions, children holiday learning camps and relief works/medical missions in Sri Lanka and Myanmar planned and implemented by the organisation. In the year 2005, ChiHui Tang undertook its first overseas charity programme after the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Besides raising funds, with the blessings of Sri Lanka’s president, ChiHui Tang sponsored a group of volunteers and certified Chinese physicians to offer free medical treatment to the victims and to donate the basic necessities of life, such as clothes, medicine, food and shelter to the homeless Sri Lankas. Since then, ChiHui Tang has not stopped engaging in relief work. It is one among very few charity organisations that managed to carry out relief efforts in cyclone-hit Myanmar. Its relentless efforts have through the years connected ChiHui Tang to many associations and authorities in the region, through which it has further strengthened its execution capacity.
After two decades, the members of ChiHui Tang trust that the time is ripe to instutionalise our efforts into a base to extend beyond Malaysia in a more structural and impactful manner. This would enable it to continue the mission of undertaking charity work and educational development locally and abroad to reach out to more people who are in need, as well as to attract those who are willing to lend a helping hand for the future.
The founding team has derived its first proposal and is in the midst of registering the association in Malaysia. The association has a close alliance with Dawn Cultural & Educational Association registered in Macau and expects to jointly implement/host various social and charity events.