Giving back to the community is very important to Novi Ariwibowo. It is one of the reasons why she joined Yayasan Jantung Indonesia. At the start she was a volunteer, helping out at charity dinners and galas. Now, she is the Vice Secretary General.
“Esti asked me to join the board at the right time, just when I wanted to become more involved in social causes,” says Novi. “I work hard, and I’m a wife and a mother. But I also want to give back to the community – through YJI.”
Novi enjoys working with young people. “We held a photography competition to celebrate World Heart Day on September 29. Our target was millennials and the younger generation. The competition requires you to take selfies while doing healthy activities. So it’s fun as well as good exercise. We hope that with so many people joining this competition, they can understand our message about leading a healthy lifestyle.
“I think one of the keys to health is exercising regularly. But don’t forget to be smart about it. Don’t overdo it. You need to know your body first, so it’s a good idea to check with the doctor about the kind of workout that’s ideal for you.
“In future, we will develop more innovative campaigns that will interest people at all levels, but especially the young. That being said, I hope YJI can become more independent, especially in terms of funding, because we are now struggling to find new donors. With medical costs increasing every year, we surely need more support with that.”