SB Kindness Project 2014
“Whenever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference.” - Kevin Heath. Throughout the entire journey from planning to the launch and finally the closure of the Kindness Movement project in SB, I had learnt a lot from the committee members as well as the participants. As it is a joint collaboration between DAC and DBA, there were numerous obstacles hindering our way and our original plan had many changes according to circumstances. In addition, time management becomes difficult when everyone had different schedules to attend to. One major problem that we faced together was the lack of funding. But no matter how difficult it was to outsource and make amendments, what kept me going was the heart to serve and make a difference in people’s lives. Although this may be a small-scale project but I believe that every small act of kindness can make a difference. The greatest takeaway for me is learning how to be appreciative. At first I did not pay much attention to people around me, much less to even thank them. However this project gave me a platform to learn and start to appreciate everyone around me for everything that they had done. Being appreciative to others and remembering their acts of service not only bring joy to them but also to me as well. It is also from this project that I realised that making people happy need not come in expensive gifts and even the smallest items like an apple can very much brighten up someone’s day! In today’s society people are getting wealthier and they tend to use materialistic gifts to express their gratitude. It is of importance that we realise that even the smallest gifts can bring about warmth and happiness in others’ hearts. It is, afterall, the heart and effort behind that matters most. Seeing the participants show their appreciation to the under-appreciated and performing acts of kindness in and beyond SB gives me great joy as it is a kick start towards building a friendlier environment around SB! . Last but not least, on behalf of the committee, I want to express my gratitude to Ms Tan Yen Yen and Mr George Teo for their unwavering support and encouragement given to the committee as well as the their time spent on advising us. In addition, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to my committee members for sharing the same aspirations as me and pulling the entire event together. Of course, the event would not successful without the participants. Thank you everyone for all your acts of kindness shown unto one another!
By: Eileen Kong, DAC/FT/3A/04