With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. Nonetheless, there are so many issues that are worth to be noticed and concerned, whether it is about the environment or animal welfare. Volunteering can definitely help you see the world m different perspectives for the betterment of society. On 23d November 2014, I volunteered for the Charity Run 2014 organized by UNICEF. I worked at the assembly point, which is the Hong Kong Disneyland Car Park. My time as a luggage keeper was rewarding. It allowed me to see how different people with different race all participated in the Charity Run to raise fund for the mothers and children affected by AIDS, either as a volunteer or a runner. I was assigned to take care of the runners’ luggage and belongings during the run. There were four persons in each line. Each line was responsible for 200 runners. At first, the whole operation was chaotic. With so many people queuing up, we got panicked. Some identification numbers were recorded wrongly.
After about 15 minutes, we started to pick up the pace by dividing the job among ourselves. Two persons were in charge of placing the bags on corresponding units. The other two took care of marking down the runners’ numbers. We did not have much rest at all. It became even more tumultuous when people came to retrieve their stuff and some came to check their luggage for another race. We managed to organize everything and I was very proud of myself. As a teenager in Hong Kong, studying seems to be the only thing that we should be focusing on. Adults keep telling you that you need to work hard in order to go to a good university and find a well-paid job. However, education is more than academic work. New model of learning also emphasizes on all-round development.
Extracurricular activities are important parts in our life journey. Through volunteering, I learn a lot of new things that broaden my horizon. On top of that, my volunteer experience really impacted my life. Initially, I found the job tiring after waking up at 5 a.m. to travel to the designated location. After 8 hours of working, I could say that I adore this volunteering experience. It was enjoyable. Helping others indeed kindles happiness. I felt as a part of the community, doing work that can improve other people’s livings. It made me feel good to see the smile on the runners that I served. Words such as ‘thank you’ and ‘good luck’ warmed my heart.