On the 11 March 2012, 10 students from SP Business School embarked on a journey to Sichuan, China for a community service programme. For most of us, this 15-day programme turned out to be an unforgettable experience.
Before the start of our programme, we visited the Earthquake Memorial at Beichuan. It was extremely heart wrenching to see the destroyed buildings right in front of us. The disaster killed thousands of people and destroyed 80% of the buildings in the city, impacting significantly the lives of the local community. It really made me realize how fortunate we are to be able to live healthily and happily with our loved ones and friends. As the saying goes, “Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”
The subsequent days were spent together with our beneficiaries - the kids, the handicapped and the elderly. We organized several activities for the local community, including imparting our English knowledge to the students and conducting sing-along sessions with the elderl y. We also prepared a business proposal to help improve the livelihood of our less fortunate Sichuan friends. The determination and perseverance of our handicapped friends to get back to normal lives and society genuinely amazed me and I felt inspired by their strong willpower. They showed us that when there is a will, there is a way!
Throughout the 15 days, we cried, laughed and worked hard. We had our share of sleepless nights, and many fell sick. But at the end of the day, the smiles on the faces of the children, the elderly, and the handicapped made it all worthwhile.
My greatest takeaway from this service trip is definitely to be contented, appreciative, and grateful for what we have. This trip has undoubtedly transformed me to be a better person. From a person who was rather indifferent towards the community service programme, this trip has inspired me to contribute as much as I can to the community and less fortunate.
Going through the programme, we have learned important life lessons. Lastly, I would like to thank all the members from Team Dujiangyan III, including our officer, Mr David Lee, as this trip will not be complete without any one of them.
“Together we give, we learn, we receive.”
Teo Kae Lin, Diploma in Banking and Financial Services