Volunteerism – the feeling of giving and expecting nothing in return; the insane urge to help others to create a better world.
This April 1, 2017, I was chosen to present Jaya Ariola and Junbert Pabon’s project called “Holistic development program for children in conflict with the law (CICL) at the Social Development Center” in Sowing Legacy Movement’s Legacy Awards where the winning project will receive a 15,000 pesos grant. Indeed, it was a day full of productiveness and love for volunteerism. The event was graced by various youth volunteers from all over Philippines making it really grand and star studded.
In the morning, I presented our exhibit at the lobby of University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNO-R) while my partner, Renabelle, presented our panel presentation at the President’s hall of the same institution. I had so much fun talking to people since I do believe that it is one of my greatest gifts. The judges were amazed of the project and of our passion to help one of the most neglected sectors of the society: the children in conflict with the law. I had a lot of good impressions which made me really elated and humbled. In the afternoon, we had our Volunteers Forum where some of the most commendable youth advocates spoke about their passion and present issues. We also had the chance to ask them questions and to interact with them. In the evening, the Legacy Awards Night was held at the Bacolod New Government Center. Though our project didn’t make it to the top 3, it had a special citation for children’s right from the World Vision.
Indeed, volunteerism is something that makes you feel fulfilled even if you don’t get anything in return. Without the awards and the 15,000 pesos grant, I am more than sure that we will still be able to help. With a world full of volunteers, we can possibly create webs of goodness and love for the future generations to see.