“A Life Changing Experience”

In this life, we cannot always do great things but we can do small things with great love.

The sentiment is true for Jatin Kumar who had spent the past 10 years volunteering with Fiji Red Cross Society.

Kumar said volunteering with the organisation had given him an opportunity to change his life, including his own.

He labeled his ten years involvement with the society as a “life-changing experience.”

“It gives you the satisfaction of playing a role in someone else’s life, helping people who may not be able to help themselves. It is also a way of giving back to the community,” Kumar said.

“This is where you take charge of your life and contribute a little of your time and energy into helping others. You’re bound to get more out of it than you put in,” he said.

He said volunteering had been a rewarding experience adding it also helped teenagers’ reputations.

“By giving up a few hours of your day to clean up the local community park, you may bring a lifetime of happiness in some child’s life, or provide shelter and warmth to a family who lives on the streets by volunteering to help in building them a home,” Kumar said.

Mr. Kumar added that volunteering is not only effective, but was a good way to meet people, learn, and develop social skills.

“This experience contributes to personal development especially in areas such as self-fulfillment, self-confidence, and self-esteem which often flourish in the midst of volunteering experiences.

“The selfless act of volunteering provides a spiritual enhancement as well. Knowing that you made a positive impact on someone is an emotionally uplifting experience that can never be matched by money or fame,” he said.

Kumar encouraged the public to go down to the nearest Red Cross Office and sign up as a volunteer.


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