Ms Linda Quek

Receipent of Special Commendation Award 2015
Volunteering with RSVP since 2013

  

After retiring from my work as an accountant, I discovered RSVP Singapore by chance and joined as a volunteer in 2011. I started off as a volunteer under the Mentally Disadvantaged Outreach Programme (MDOP). In 2014, I joined the Mentoring Programme (MP) and was assigned to Lakeside Primary School. One of the teachers once shared with me that one of her students now appears more confident and participates more in her class nowadays. She thanked me and my team for the guidance and support which has boosted her morale as she could observe how much the student has grown after she became part of the mentoring programme. Examples like this spur me on in my volunteering journey, which can be challenging at times.

 

Under MDOP, I continued to participate actively in the activities at Bethesda Care Centre, a rehabilitation day care centre for mental outpatients. It can be a daunting proposition to some people when it comes to interacting with these patients who can either be in a chronic condition or those who have regained a certain level of functionality. However, as I have discovered through my volunteering experience, it can be very rewarding especially when you see the clients blossoming under your guidance. Many times, all they need is a friend to talk to. 

 

Volunteering has really opened up my eyes to the many facets of society and when you see others who have very little but still giving back what they can, it is really inspiring and encouraging. The joy of volunteering may be a foreign concept to admin professionals like me who spent most of their time behind a desk-bound job but I would like to invite everyone to try because ultimately, if you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope and fill yourself with hope.

 

One thing I’ve learnt during my volunteering journey is the power of friendship. Just being a friend to someone in less fortunate circumstances than you can make a big difference to that person’s outlook. And you, as the volunteer, benefit as well from forging friendships that have such a positive impact.

 

我原本是一名会计师。2011年退休后,我在机缘巧合下认识了RSVP新加坡,并开始我的义工生涯。我参加了心理障碍外援义工活动项目(Mentally Disadvantaged Outreach Programme,MDOP)。 2014年,我还参加了在湖滨小学(Lakeside Primary School)的督导义工活动项目(Mentoring Programme,MP)。

曾经有老师和我分享她观察到其中一名学生自从参加了RSVP督导项目后变得更有自信,她也比较会参与课堂上的活动。她感谢我和我的团队对这名孩子的指导与支持。义工服务虽然极具挑战性,但是这样的例子是让我继续下去的推动力。

在MDOP,我积极地参与社区服务中心“恩典之家”(Bethesda CARE Centre)的义工活动。它是一间精神病患者的康复日间护理中心。这些病患可能患有慢性疾病或是已经恢复到一定的程度。因此对某些人来说,与他们互动并不容易。然而我发现,当你看到这些病患在你的陪伴下逐渐进步,那种满足感是无价的。很多时候,他们只是需要一位可以聊天的朋友。

志愿工作打开了我的视野,当你看到别人虽然拥有不多但是却愿意尽自己所能回馈给社会,这是多么令人振奋和鼓舞。起初,对一个成天在办公室工作的我来说,志愿服务是一个陌生的概念,但是现在我了解到了义工的乐趣。因此我想邀请大家也尝试去当一名义工,因为你做的好事将带给世界和自己满满的希望。

我在义工旅途中学到了友谊的力量。向一名陷入困境的朋友伸出援手是很重要的,你可以大大的影响到他的前景。作为志愿者,你也能够建立起一份拥有积极影响力的友谊。