IMPACT 0425: THE JOY OF SHOWING APPRECIATION TO OTHERS
Hong Xi, 25, works in the Social Care sector. Back in 2013, at the age of 16, he formed an advocacy project called Project I A.M along with a group of like-minded individuals, with the aim to Appreciate and Motivate workers of various industries. Today he shares some things about his volunteering journey!
Tell us more about what you do!
I have been volunteering since 2011 and started off as a volunteer with sgcares.sg, an online portal for ad-hoc volunteering that has since transited into becoming giving.sg. I met a lot of individuals with a similar interest in volunteering through the various activities conducted through the online platform, and from there, we formed a small community. Till this date, we are still connected in different ways.
I currently work as a Volunteer Executive in one of the Social Service Agencies (SSA) and am helping to recruit volunteers and curate meaningful volunteer opportunities within our local community.
What inspires you to do this?
On one of my bus rides home one day, I observed that Singaporeans in general hardly show appreciation to our bus drivers, who often work long hours to serve us. I decided to start a simple activity with a group of friends from SG Cares to show our appreciation for the hard work of our bus drivers. Through this initiative, we also extended our appreciation to the janitors at bus interchanges.
Have you faced any challenges so far? And how did you overcome them?
Looking for sponsors to support our initiatives has been one of our main challenges as a volunteering organisation. With the support of the SG Cares staff and community, we have managed to find a few companies that supported us with donation-in-kind items for us to be given as a token of appreciation for our beneficiaries.
If you could share one piece of advice with your fellow youth, what would it be?
As youth, we should play our part in making the community better for everyone, and this can be started off with small and simple ideas.
What are your hopes or plans for the future? What do you want to see or perhaps do?
I wish to replicate the initiative of showing appreciation to bus drivers and janitors at bus interchanges again through the Kampong Chai Chee Youth Network where I currently volunteer at. I hope to continue spreading the joy of appreciating the different occupations that have worked very hard in serving our community.