2014 Hopes and Dreams

What do some movers and shakers in the sphere of do-good wish to see over the next 12 months? They tell SIF.

Anyone can volunteer - be it giving of their time or sharing their expertise. If you feel helpless that whatever you are doing is only a drop in the ocean, think about the ocean being drier because of that missing drop. So volunteers should never feel inadequate or intimidated when it comes to helping others. A new year brings the prospect of new beginnings and opportunities for many born less privileged than us. If we can help them realise their hopes and dreams, this would mean making a difference to someone else's life. And almost every volunteer will find giving not only purposeful - it can be pleasurable and infectious too.Annie Yeo, corporate voluntarism proponent and Director, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Asia, Deutsche Bank AG

We are all interlinked as human beings and living beings with the environment - this is such a simple concept but it seems it's at risk of being forgotten! I think art is something human beings created that has the potential to remind us in a powerful way about our interconnectedness and our responsibilities. It makes us reflect and see beyond ourselves. In 2014, I hope that we will see more reflective, quality artistic projects in Singapore that are about life and not about spectacle.Audrey Wong, arts champion, Lasalle College of the Arts

When it comes to helping people, we really shouldn’t worry too much about how small the impact and how much commitment it will take. I always believe that we start with the person next to us and take one step and one day at a time. Imagine 5 years later, what was just a simple act of helping or sharing becomes a lifetime change in many lives. Who would have thought it would reach so far? We just do what we believe and know is right for now. So for the next 12 months, I will focus on saying thank you to those around me as often as I can, give small surprises to strangers, just to see their grateful and surprised look of, ‘why would you help me?’ I hope each day of giving will result in 365 happy moments.Associate Professor Celia Tan, volunteer and Director, Postgraduate Allied Health Institute, Singapore General Hospital

I hope that [local and international] students respect one another and are able to reconcile cultural differences. We also need to recognise that there are differences and learn how to leverage on these to strengthen ourselves, rather than to cover them up.Hee Joh Liang, youth voluntarism advocate and Chairman, Inter-Poly International Students Integration Workgroup and Deputy Principal (Academic Planning), Singapore Polytechnic

 

Annie Yeo-Deutsche Bank
Ms Audrey Wong-Lasalle
Associate Professor Celia Tan demonstrates a physiotherapy technique on a SIF volunteer to Phnom Penh.
Hee Joh Liang-Singapore Poly
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