Many out there need help, go ahead and volunteer

Written by: MT Reader | 11 Aug 2017 00:27
Learn to give, and not just receive. Give back to society. Pic School Advisor
Written by:
11 Aug 2017 00:27

I was having a chat with a close friend the other day, and our conversation veered into the subject of volunteerism.

I’ve known my friend for almost 20 years now,  and he’s one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met.

A simple person by nature,  this God-fearing man can never say no to anyone in need, and I’ve known him to help many souls in the past, even to the extent of sacrificing his own money and time.

Almost all of his free time is used to help out society be it volunteering in soup kitchens, or at orphanages and even providing weekend tuition classes for a group of poor children from his neighbourhood.

And true to his kind and simple nature, my friend has always kept his acts of charity low profile.

Not many of his friends and colleagues know about his activities, but the thing is, he prefers it that way.

“I’m doing this not for fame, or money, but because these people in need are like my parents, my siblings and my children,” is what he always tells me.

He says the feeling of helping others gives him a sense of joy and satisfaction like no other and all he wants is for the recipients to have a decent life and for him to be showered with God’s blessings.

Truly, I’ve never met someone so unselfish as this guy, and when I think of how small I stand in comparison, I quickly become embarrassed.

From my conversations with him, I have learnt that volunteerism in Malaysia is dying a slow death.

My friend told me that just 15 years ago, NGOs and charity bodies could attract many volunteers but not anymore.

People, especially urban folks, are too busy chasing money and leisure, he said.
The young also think this way: If there is no money, it's not for me 

In the meantime, social problems keep getting bad to worse, he said.

What my friend said next gave me food for thought.

He said if more Malaysians could use their field of expertise for just an hour of their time every day to help those in need, Malaysia would be a better place now.

For example, he asked why is it that young bachelor teachers can't sacrifice an hour twice a week to give free tuition to poor students whose parents can't afford high tuition fees?

What about doctors and nurses, he asked? Why can't they visit the poor neighbourhoods and provide free consultation and maybe some basic medicine?

He went on to suggest that cooks can prepare meals for the poor, lawyers some free legal advice, engineers some repair services, bankers some financial consultation and so on.

He said if all can chip in, then volunteerism in Malaysia will thrive and more can be helped.

I must say that my friend’s ideas were good and I was inspired.

Hopefully, more and more Malaysians will embrace the spirit of volunteerism and go all out to help their fellow Malaysians in need.

It doesn’t take much, but it would mean a great deal to those who receive the help.

Let’s start with us first.

Ramesh S
Kuala Lumpur



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