Remember when we used to be in school and   the teachers would announce a charity event and we would always grimace among  ourselves. Since I came from a missionary school, we had a lot of these events. Some of my classmates  would  be enthusiastic about it, some  would complain about the hours and classes  they would lose. I used to be one of them. Charity organizations and  charity  events have always received a skeptical response since people doubt whether their money goes to the right causes.

                      In celebrity culture, influential people use their platforms to urge people to donate and  spread the cause they stand for . However the active participation rarely takes place. People have a preconceived notion that   celebrities   have  limitless amount of wealth and their charities are just a PR stunt. Most organizations or causes turn into form of ridicule where people forget the cause. It becomes a competition to see who can donate more. Some corrupt  organizations  even try  to get rich off various  natural disaster or relief funds.  So people are not drawn to these causes. The funds that were donated for  But I came across an article circulating about a group named BTS and how their fans participate in various charities and hold events to honour and appreciate the group. So I wondered what makes this group or their influence so special   that  their  fans do so much in their name. On a twitter portal I found out that they want to make a change and inspire other  people .

                            Most people do not favour charities because they are clueless about where their money is going . They think they lack resources  or do not  have enough time. But in reality it is the lack of resourcefulness. We think too much but we do not act. To realize the importance of giving back to society we must learn to understand it.

                              Spending time enriching our community  is a great way to broaden your perceptions of the world . By immersing yourself in a community surrounding yourself with people who are dedicated to bettering the world you can learn so much about how the world works .  We gain a unique sense of purpose by serving those around you, one which often manifests in  others  areas of your life. Without volunteers many of the services and events we enjoy in our communities would not be readily available.  Spending time  helping out a local shelters or food banks provides an important service to less fortunate neighbours. Giving  back to the place you call home helps to unite the community and bridge some of the social, economic and political gaps.  

                                  Donating your time to support those around you is extremely beneficial, both for you  and your community .  It is statistically  proven that people  who volunteer regularly are healthier both physically and mentally. Individuals who have volunteered throughout their lifetime typically live longer and have better psychologically well being. In addition to the health benefits, volunteering gives people a sense of purpose. The fulfilling of giving back and contributing to society is unparalled.

                                    Giving back to also   a great way  to know your community and its citizens . When you volunteer, you have the opportunity to meets lots of new people. Working alongside individuals who  also care people about improving their surroundings will allow you to broaden your network of friends. Additionally it will help  us to understand the certain  the circumstances  of other  members of our community. Having  a broad , open-minded  perspective of  people from different walks of life around  us  will help you to be an effective and empathetic  citizen.

                                     People  skills are not the only skills we will gain through volunteering . Dedicating  time to help others will teach us  patience, kindness and resilience. Not only  will you improve our  communication abilities by working  alongside a diverse team of people, but we  will gain a plethora of other experiences that will help you as navigate your future . Volunteering may even help you discover a new passion or interest or interest.

                                     So get off your phones and  volunteer at an NGO and  or sponsor an underprivileged child. You don’t have to make big  donations  to large organizations . Start small and trust me it feels good. I have watched my aunts sponsor  children and  I   have volunteered in NGOs myself. And trust me the end result makes you feel good.



Marzuqa Kazi

I am a post graduate student and an avid music and film lover . I have a keen interest in exploring new things .