Charity, Uncategorized DOING YOUR BIT FOR CHARITY 26 April 2009



2009 is shaping up to be one crazy year for me. New country, new job, new language, and a wedding to boot.

But one of my major goals, alongside becoming fluent in Chinese and losing weight for the wedding, is the pretty simple to give something back to the community.

In Australia, I was always always always time-poor. I just never reallyy had the time to do anything.. there was always something on, someone to see, something to do. I never really got a chance to sit down and have much “me time”, so the only charitable thing I did was to attend Charity balls and donate money. Which is all well and good, but does feel somewhat.. empty, after awhile.

In Shanghai, I am even more time-poor. Between the relocation to a new country and settling into a new job and making new friends, there’s just been very very little time to fully dedicate to myself. And let’s not even get started on the wedding planning because yes ladies and gentlemen, I have done NOTHING! The wedding’s just over 3 months away and I haven’t gotten my ass into gear – it’s insane. I’m useless.

Anyway, the difference is that now in Shanghai, I really do see the less fortunate up-close-and-personal. It really is everywhere, if you open your eyes. And it does get to me. So I decided a few months ago to do a bit of volunteering and just make the time to do it.

1) Volunteer Business Consultant for the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade – this was actually arranged through eBay. It allows us to utilise our skills and knowledge to help out smaller struggling Chinese companies – companies that are amazing and innovative, and all they need is a little push in the right direction. I’m working with a Water-Recycling company and an Agate Jewellery company and it’s really rewarding 🙂

2) Volunteering at a Young Professionals organisation – we do various activities and education for children, disabled people, and just the less fortunate.

It’s only small and won’t make a huge difference, but it’s fun and I have to admit, much better than just donating cash. There’s just something quite humbling about working with charities, and I think it’s really good for me because to be really frank, we live a really comfy life in Shanghai (since our money goes far here) and I see MANY MANY expats get completely caught up in the lap of luxury and forgot all about the people here and what life is really like. I don’t want to become like that. I like to appreciate the nice things that we’ve worked hard for, but I also always want to be aware of how other people live too.

In particular there’s one more organisation I REALLY want to volunteer for – and that’s in the hospital where children have recently had heart surgery. And also one more which is the pet volunteer society…. but my heart is really soft and no doubt I’ll end up with the apartment full of pets that I just can’t leave behind, so Chris has forbid me (so far) to do it!! 😛

40 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on April 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I admire your ambition.

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    • beverly posted on April 26, 2009 at 11:51 pm

      Hehe I’m not sure if you can call it that.. but thanks, that’s nice of you 🙂

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  • finding_tricia posted on April 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    you don’t need to lose ANY weight for the wedding pls!!!

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    • beverly posted on April 26, 2009 at 11:52 pm

      I put on 2kg since moving to Shanghai! Thus must shed it ASAP :X

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  • lovelizz posted on April 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Oh that’s nice (:
    There are alot of expats who volunteer at the orphanages in Shanghai. I used to follow my Mom every week whenever I’m back there. It’s really the sweetest thing ever. Those babies were put up for adoption just because they had minor problems like cleft palettes. Spending an hour with them just to play and feed them it’s totally worth it. It’s always heart wrenching when it’s time to leave because they call us Mama ):

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    • beverly posted on April 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm

      Ohhh that is really nice. Which one did you go to? Maybe i’ll go check it out… 🙂

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  • starbucksweetie posted on April 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I admire your ambition.

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    • beverly posted on April 26, 2009 at 11:51 pm

      Hehe I’m not sure if you can call it that.. but thanks, that’s nice of you 🙂

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  • finding_tricia posted on April 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    you don’t need to lose ANY weight for the wedding pls!!!

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    • beverly posted on April 26, 2009 at 11:52 pm

      I put on 2kg since moving to Shanghai! Thus must shed it ASAP :X

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  • lovelizz posted on April 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Oh that’s nice (:
    There are alot of expats who volunteer at the orphanages in Shanghai. I used to follow my Mom every week whenever I’m back there. It’s really the sweetest thing ever. Those babies were put up for adoption just because they had minor problems like cleft palettes. Spending an hour with them just to play and feed them it’s totally worth it. It’s always heart wrenching when it’s time to leave because they call us Mama ):

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    • beverly posted on April 26, 2009 at 11:54 pm

      Ohhh that is really nice. Which one did you go to? Maybe i’ll go check it out… 🙂

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  • missustay posted on April 27, 2009 at 1:23 am

    that’s really lovely of you!

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

      It’s actually fun, so it makes it a pleasure:)

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  • thefragrantelf posted on April 27, 2009 at 1:30 am

    That is wonderful. And you definitely will make a difference!

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

      It’s at least a nice way to spend a weekend 🙂

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  • dottybunny posted on April 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

    That’s a great thing you’re doing.

    Where is your wedding going to be held? Are the two of you flying back to Australia for it?

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

      It’s gonna be in Singapore, so we’ll be flying there probably a week beforehand!

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      • dottybunny posted on April 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

        Long distance planning, huh? I don’t envy you.

        I know it’s none of my business, but were you originally from Singapore? Please feel free not to answer. 😛

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        • beverly posted on April 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

          Yeah I was 🙂

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  • opalline posted on April 27, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I’m volunteering with an organization that trains assistance dogs for disabled people. Most of my “job” involves goofing off with a bunch of cute and friendly dogs! It’s so relaxing, and it almost feels like I’m cheating at this volunteer thing because I don’t think playing with puppies can count as work!

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

      That would be awesome!! Hmmm I need to find one like that too 😛

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  • missustay posted on April 27, 2009 at 1:23 am

    that’s really lovely of you!

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:44 am

      It’s actually fun, so it makes it a pleasure:)

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  • thefragrantelf posted on April 27, 2009 at 1:30 am

    That is wonderful. And you definitely will make a difference!

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:47 am

      It’s at least a nice way to spend a weekend 🙂

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  • dottybunny posted on April 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

    That’s a great thing you’re doing.

    Where is your wedding going to be held? Are the two of you flying back to Australia for it?

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

      It’s gonna be in Singapore, so we’ll be flying there probably a week beforehand!

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      • dottybunny posted on April 28, 2009 at 12:21 pm

        Long distance planning, huh? I don’t envy you.

        I know it’s none of my business, but were you originally from Singapore? Please feel free not to answer. 😛

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        • beverly posted on April 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

          Yeah I was 🙂

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  • aqualuna posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:02 am

    that’s really nice of you!
    i’ve always believed in the saying, “to whom much is given, much is required” 🙂
    like you, i’d love to give back to the community but haven’t had much time to do it.

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

      it IS hard to find the time.. that’s the hardest bit :X But once you’re there, it’s great fun!

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  • sw4y posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:03 am

    what date is your wedding? How are the plans going?

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

      it’s in aug.. so pretty close, but argh, not planned yet!

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  • opalline posted on April 27, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I’m volunteering with an organization that trains assistance dogs for disabled people. Most of my “job” involves goofing off with a bunch of cute and friendly dogs! It’s so relaxing, and it almost feels like I’m cheating at this volunteer thing because I don’t think playing with puppies can count as work!

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

      That would be awesome!! Hmmm I need to find one like that too 😛

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  • aqualuna posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:02 am

    that’s really nice of you!
    i’ve always believed in the saying, “to whom much is given, much is required” 🙂
    like you, i’d love to give back to the community but haven’t had much time to do it.

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

      it IS hard to find the time.. that’s the hardest bit :X But once you’re there, it’s great fun!

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  • sw4y posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:03 am

    what date is your wedding? How are the plans going?

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    • beverly posted on April 27, 2009 at 11:57 am

      it’s in aug.. so pretty close, but argh, not planned yet!

      Reply

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