“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support,” says Heartist, Jason Ang.
Support – as revealed by Jason, is one of the main factors that allow him to engage in philanthropic activities more effectively. He said, “To receive support from your peers and management, it helps in giving us the job satisfaction with a greater sense of appreciation towards our company and our work.”
When he took on the position as a financial consultant in a leading financial services organisation, Jason was excited with the positive culture that was built around the organisation. Sharing on the nature of his job, he enjoyed the fact that it has opened doors for him to connect with people from different walks of life.
“As a volunteer myself, I feel it’s a positive sign and a great encouragement for an individual to feel empowered by an environment that encourages their own staff to volunteer in their own time or provide opportunities for staff to volunteer during work time,” Jason smiled.
With an added value in his responsibilities, Jason acknowledges the privilege in being offered regular opportunities to lend a helping hand to the needy.
On a positive note, he was inspired by the real-life stories from the beneficiaries whom he had spoken to. Expressing his admiration, Jason said, “Many have come from disadvantaged families, challenged by unexpected circumstances or circumstances beyond their control, but they have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above their circumstances to transform their own lives and those around them.”
When we asked Jason on how he got involved in the work of volunteering, he recalled with fondness, “My first taste of volunteering was through an invitation from a friend who was working for a social enterprise. I was at Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital to help out in their Mother’s Day Carnival as caregivers to the elderly.”
Recounting on the experience, he mentioned a special lady whom he calls “Ah Ma”, as a guardian who has left a deep impression on him. “The volunteers were mingling around with the elderly, laughing and joking away but there was an “Ah Ma” who was particularly chatty and spontaneous. She was so funny,” Jason laughed.
He shared that the elderly lady spoke about how excited she was whenever volunteers pay visits to the nursing home, saying, “She felt lonely as she hardly gets much visitation from her family due to work commitment. She gets joy when there are volunteers around to keep her company.”
“She made me realise the importance of kinship. Always remember to make time and spend quality moments with our loved ones,” Jason said. Through meaningful conversations like the one with “Ah Ma”, he felt that volunteering is more than just giving a service. It is about making a difference in someone else’s life.
We should be socially aware and involved.
We asked Jason on his views about volunteerism in our society today.
Jason said, “I believe we are all connected to one another, being we share the same humanity. Yes. For some, their circumstances might be different but no one deserves to be denied reasonable opportunities to live a better life.”
He added, “We should look out for each other, encourage one another, and help those who are in need of a helping hand.”
Words for Aspiring Volunteer.
For aspiring volunteers who want to be involved, we asked Jason to share with us some of his motivations.
“Give a little, gain a lot. By helping others, I gained confidence in my own abilities and learned to embrace the personal values in issues which are important to me, actively improving my life satisfaction,” says Jason.