TGIF. (Thank God it's Friday)
Fridays, especially Friday nights, are what many live for.
That's when the work week ends and the time to catch up with friends begin.
It could be watching the most popular movie in town at the cinema, or sipping a glass of whiskey at the swanky club downtown, or simply reminiscing the torrid week that had just passed over a cup of coffee at the cafe.
My Friday nights are no different but with a slight twist.
They are spent in church, where I help young adults like myself deepen and strengthen their faith, and mine in the process as well.
So when I found out that the Bank of Singapore supports the Students Care Service (SCS) as our adopted charity partner, I was eager to take an active part in helping these children and youth to maximise their potential.
Working hand in hand with our parent bank to give back under the #OCBCCares Programme, Bank of Singapore extends strong volunteer and financial support to segments of the community that need help, focusing on youth and the elderly.
My volunteering has made me pass on some social activities that a typical young woman in her 20s and 30s, like me, would do.
And, to be honest, I don’t feel like I’m missing out.
It's very easy to be self-absorbed and so caught up with our daily needs that we lose the personal communication with others.
I'm also at a stage where I'm searching for more purpose in life. If it’s all just about work and partying, it gets a bit draining after a while.
With SCS, my colleagues and I have held sessions with small groups of students to impart some life skills such as presentation skills and how to handle job interviews. Such skills would be useful to them when they are looking for jobs in the future.
We conducted mock interviews with them and gave them feedback on their body language, the way they answered questions and so on.
The kids had a positive mentality that they wanted to learn as much as they could from us.
Before Christmas last year, I also helped my colleagues in the Indonesian team to organise a toy buffet with Food from the Heart for 2,000 underprivileged children.
We collected more than 4,000 second-hand toys from donors. We then ‘groomed’ them so that they were presentable to the children. After all, which child would want a spoilt toy, right?
My volunteering journey has surprised me in some ways.
I initially thought that with my hectic work schedule, it would be tough to commit to volunteering.
But saying yes to volunteering is actually the hardest part. Once you say yes, you will somehow find the time to do it.
It helped me learn to manage my time better too.
And volunteering is really not just about helping others, but also helping myself.
Volunteering also forced me to break out of my usual social circle.
These are people I would not usually come across in my work day. And I find that if we always stick to our usual social circles, we’d end up being very closed off.
Every one of these little interactions from volunteering is very meaningful to me.
I've always believed that every person has a life story that is worth sharing with others who may be inspired or encouraged by it.
I volunteer because I hope my own life experiences can somehow inspire or benefit someone.
I enjoy my work tremendously. But I have also come to realise that there's so much more to life outside of work.Disclaimer applicable to recommendation
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