By Edmond Lee
All World Vision staff are passionate about children in need, and are equipped with the skills to help children – and their communities – lift themselves out of poverty.
But we can’t do it all alone. Whenever we need help coping with thousands of hungry young people at a stadium, creating awareness at malls across Malaysia, or stuffing envelopes with brochures and letters, there’s ONE group of people we can count on to help us make a difference. Our amazing volunteers.
Today, we celebrate some of these individuals.
On the road
Have you ever stopped by a World Vision Malaysia roadshow? If you have, you surely would have noticed a small band of individuals in black t-shirts working alongside our staff dressed in bright orange. These are our valiant volunteers!
For hours on end, these tireless young men and women navigate the crowds and reach out to the curious public at malls, churches and other venues across Malaysia. They sign up child sponsors, answer questions about World Vision Malaysia, and even keep children entertained while we talk to their parents.
Being a public face for World Vision is no easy task. You have to be personable, know your facts, think on your feet, and even handle rejections! (For every person you convince, dozens more may turn you down or just breeze by you.) But with their ready smiles and upbeat attitudes, our volunteers are true champions of our cause whenever World Vision hits the road.
4 hours to go
Question: How many people do you need to keep thousands of youths (who have fasted for the last 26 hours) entertained and enthusiastic for another four hours of fasting?
Answer: An entire World Vision Malaysia office, and around 1,000 volunteers!
Planning and executing the much-anticipated Famine Countdown is a massive undertaking. Every year, we call for volunteers from across Malaysia to help us make the Countdown an event to remember for the passionate young people who raise funds and go hungry for those in need. And every year, close to a thousand volunteers answer the call.
Whether they direct traffic, register Famine Campers, sell water or assist performers backstage and more, our volunteers are always on top of their game. Thanks to rigorous training prior to the event, every volunteer team is a well-oiled unit on Countdown day, ready to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities.
So the next time you see photos and videos (taken by our volunteer photographers and videographers) showing excited, happy Famine Campers enjoying the 30-Hour Famine Countdown, spare a thought for the 1,000 volunteers who made sure they had the best time possible.
Changing lives every day
In the United States, Make a Difference Day is commemorated every fourth Saturday of October, where volunteers from around the country come together to improve the lives of others. Here in Malaysia, we don’t officially mark this Day, but we have the greatest admiration and gratitude for the faithful service of our volunteers – every day of the year!
As far as we’re concerned, every bit counts when it comes to making a difference – be it handling administrative tasks and phone calls (shout out to our office volunteers!), ensuring security at the 30-Hour Famine Countdown, or even clearing the post-event garbage. We appreciate your every effort.
Everything World Vision does is about changing the lives of children and families who live in poverty, and because of our volunteers, we can achieve that goal more successfully. To all of you, once more we say THANK YOU from our hearts.
If you’d like to get further acquainted with the people helping us making a difference, here are some of the best volunteer stories from the World Vision Malaysia blog:
Passionate about being a child sponsor
Having a Heart for Children
Your small sacrifice can bring about a big change!
Or, if you are interested in volunteering with World Vision, click here
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