Let’s Get In­volved…!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Michele-Lau­ren Hack­shaw

Char­ity is one of the no­blest tasks one can do in their life. What is char­ity you ask? Vol­un­tar­ily pro­vid­ing goods, ser­vices, or even a bit of your time to the less for­tu­nate, or any­one in need. Typ­i­cally, this sort of phi­lan­thropy can be ini­ti­ated through an or­gan­i­sa­tion or on a more per­sonal level, for ex­am­ple: buy­ing a meal for a home­less per­son, or find­ing some other way of putting a smile on the face of a stranger!

Any small kind act can make a dif­fer­ence, and giv­ing quite of­ten ben­e­fits both the giver, and the re­ceiver. Per­sons who do­nate will­ingly and hap­pily reap more ben­e­fits com­pared to those who do­nate un­der pres­sure, or with the ex­pec­ta­tion of re­ceiv­ing some­thing in re­turn. Your in­ten­tion and main goal should be to re­duce the other per­son’s mis­ery with­out ex­pect­ing any­thing in re­turn. Ever heard of good karma?

I am re­minded of an old Chi­nese Proverb: “If you want hap­pi­ness for an hour, take a nap. If you want hap­pi­ness for a day, go fish­ing. If you want hap­pi­ness for a year, in­herit a for­tune. If you want hap­pi­ness for a life­time, help some­body.” Re­cently, I saw for my­self how such acts could come to life. Iron­i­cally, it was at the time when I laid my fa­ther to rest. Dur­ing the fu­neral I took no­tice of a non-profit char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion present that I know my grand­mother con­trib­utes to from time to time. I smiled, be­cause their pres­ence there made me re­al­ize that their or­gan­i­sa­tion had a bond with my fam­ily. My in­ter­est in them in­creased im­me­di­ately.

Known as Pawa­sol Pour Ti Ma­mai (Chil­dren’s Um­brella), the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides as­sis­tance to chil­dren in need, whether they re­quire med­i­cal at­ten­tion, ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties, or sup­plies and funds for school. Pawa­sol’s fund rais­ing ini­tia­tives in­clude sell­ing at the flea mar­ket, or­gan­is­ing tombo­las, lunch gath­er­ings, film show­ings, quiz nights and spon­sored walks. They also sell spe­cial Pawa­sol cook­books, cal­en­dars and greet­ing cards! To know such an or­gan­i­sa­tion ex­ists, and is em­braced lo­cally means that we can all play a role in giv­ing back to so­ci­ety in what­ever way we can. Especially when it comes to aid­ing chil­dren in need. After all, our chil­dren are our fu­ture.

Let us make a change and start giv­ing to­day. Be­ing in­volved with a char­ity does not nec­es­sar­ily mean you have to be wealthy. Sim­ple ac­tions such as tak­ing the time to help a child read, or do­nat­ing items you no longer need can make a dif­fer­ence in an­other per­son’s life. If you’re in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about what Pawa­sol Pour Ti Ma­mai has done for chil­dren in Saint Lu­cia or if you would like to join the or­gan­i­sa­tion you can con­tact Pawa­sol via email: pawa­solpour­tima­mai@gmail.com

Pawa­sol Pour Ti Ma­mai would like to sin­cerely thank The Hack­shaw and Ram­bally fam­i­lies for their kind gen­eros­ity with a do­na­tion in mem­ory and cel­e­bra­tion of the life of their beloved TI­MOTHY HACK­SHAW.

The 2016 edi­tion of Pawa­sol’s an­nual fund-rais­ing walk. Or­gan­is­ers pic­tured in blue shirts.

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