It’s really been a long time since my last post. Travel, work, house moving have succeeded in getting all my time in the last few months but hey, I don’t regret any minute of it though :)
Anyway, it’s also been a while since I last did some voluntary work so when I saw a post from SG Cares on Facebook last week about Volunteers Recruitment for World Kindness Day, I signed up right away. After about 20 mins filling up the online form and going through the online orientation, I was qualified for volunteering for SG Cares.
In case you don’t know what the World Kindness Day is, here is a short paragraph explaining about this Day from the briefing document I got.
In 1997, seven countries, including Singapore, came together to sign a declaration for the World Kindness Movement. Its mission is to inspire individuals towards greater kindness. A year later, on 13 November, World Kindness Day was established. To date, we have 23 members around the world!
Our job was to give away daisies and the pin to the people we met on Orchard Rd and explain to them that the yellow daisies symbolizes appreciation and ask them to give it to their friends, loved ones or even strangers as a way of appreciation for their acts of kindness. We were supposed to finish our task by 5pm but we, a team of 3, were so efficient that we finished everything before 3pm :) Teamwork did work really!
Linda, an Indonesian friend I got to know, and I at this event were in charge of approaching and giving away the daisies and pins while Joel, a Singaporean JC student, was responsible for carrying the huge flower tray. I learned a lot at this event but the biggest lesson was from Joel for his volunteer spirit. He told me that he volunteered not to get the points for his study (at Junior College, you are not required to volunteer to get the Community Service points) but because he wanted to help others. And during the whole afternoon, he was just quietly carrying the very heavy flower tray so that we could distribute the daisies even though we asked him to switch role. What a true volunteer he was!
It’s a great idea to have a World Kindness Day to remind us all to be kind to each other. I am wondering why only 23 countries so far have embraced this movement. Anyway, it’s not really that important, we can always be kind on a personal level right? Be the change you wish to see in the world, remember? Be kind everyday my dear friends!