Mr Gary Seach Jin Beng, an English Lecturer, the Centre for Nation Building and Languages came to know about the voluntary work through a few friends who were doing charity events. He was lucky enough to have the opportunity to join them to do something really meaningful. The purpose of conducting the interview with him is to create awareness about the joy of sowing these seeds of kindness and extending help to enrich the lives of others. It is hoped that his sharing will stir many more hearts to step out and be volunteers for community services.
Interviewer: How did you get to know about the voluntary work?
Gary: I came to know about the voluntary work through a few friends of mine who were active in doing charity events. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to join them to do something really meaningful. By joining such events, I got to know that there are many people who whole-heartedly dedicate their lives in ensuring that they can make a difference in the lives of those who are less fortunate.
Interviewer: What inspired you to contribute to this voluntary work?
Gary: I’ve always believed that ‘kindness begets kindness’. So I just feel that why not? When I have the opportunity to play my little part to make a positive difference in someone’s life, I just cannot say no to it.
Interviewer: What is your role in the activity/activities?
Gary: In the first event that I participated, I was put in charge of collecting donated items like health supplement pills, formula for the elderly and food items. I was also asked to entertain the old folks with some oldies when they were dining. I was glad to know that they actually had fun listening to my performances although I am not a professional musician. Many of them actually sang along, and my mediocre performance was actually able to make their ordinary Saturday lunch a little special.
Interviewer: What skills and experiences are needed for this voluntary work?
Gary: The ability to play musical instruments or basic hair-cutting skill.
Interviewer: What kind of changes do you hope to bring to this organization or community?
Gary: I do not really have such a noble thought of thinking that I will make a difference in the organization. I just hope that by sacrificing a few hours of my weekend, it would be able to create some positive energy in their surroundings.
Interviewer: What are the best and challenging experiences about this voluntary work?
Gary: Some old folks were not as approachable as we thought they would be. It would take some time getting used to, to really be able to connect with them. When I was doing the charity hair-cut, I was actually worried that I would end up screwing up their hairstyles. So, being patient is really crucial.