Giv­ing back

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRATS - BY LOKE HOONG LIANG

Let’s try to spread a lit­tle joy to those less for­tu­nate. IT’s the end of the year and we’re fi­nally ap­proach­ing Christ­mas, the sea­son to be jolly. Un­for­tu­nately, the last few weeks have been flooded with news of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philip­pines, for one, took away so many lives and left its sur­vivors with noth­ing much but the re­mains of this tragedy. Closer to home, many Malaysian cit­i­zens have been forced to be evacuated to higher ground due to the floods again. Th­ese vic­tims have not only lost loved ones, but also their homes and even busi­nesses, for some.

It’s sad that there’s noth­ing they can do about it and that’s ex­actly why we should come in. It’s the sea­son of giv­ing af­ter all.

so what can we, the luck­ier ones, do? Well, we can al­ways do­nate ne­ces­si­ties and fi­nan­cial aid to th­ese vic­tims. But an even bet­ter way to help out is by vol­un­teer­ing. Plus, man­power is a dire ne­ces­sity dur­ing such tragedy to help vic­tims on-lo­ca­tion and help gather es­sen­tial goods for them in other parts of the coun­try.

I strongly rec­om­mend youths, es­pe­cially those who are on school break, to take the time to lend a hand. The sim­plest thing you can do to help is to raise funds to buy es­sen­tial items that can aid the vic­tims. Get to­gether with a few of your friends and start mini projects to cre­ate aware­ness and to col­lect do­na­tions.

In­stead of sit­ting around and feel­ing sorry for the vic­tims, be proac­tive and take ac­tion.

We’re the kids of Gen Y, so I’m sure we can come up with some­thing.

And be gen­er­ous and whole-hearted when you’re at it. If you’re go­ing to ar­gue that it’s your school break and you’d like to have all the fun you want, think of the vic­tims who have no op­por­tu­nity to en­joy their end of the year.

It is only fair that we try to ease their bur­dens and put a smile on their faces af­ter all they’ve been through.

Plus, it would be great to have ev­ery­one end­ing the year on a pos­i­tive note. We can learn to ap­pre­ci­ate the things we have as we em­pathise with those who are less for­tu­nate. And this pos­i­tive at­ti­tude will cer­tainly bring us far in life.

The writer is a mem­ber of The Star’s BRATs young jour­nal­ist pro­gramme, or­gan­ised by R.AGE. To find out how you can join the pro­gramme, log on to face­book.com/star­brats.

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