“They say true happiness is found in helping others. I have always felt immense satisfaction spending my time volunteering with my colleagues serving those in need, sharing the blessings I have.
I remember volunteering for a Christmas project at the Changing Young Lives Foundation where we brought a group of underprivileged children to a carnival. During this outing, I was assigned to care for 6 children aged between six and eleven. They were overjoyed to be at the carnival and were running around exploring, and trying out all the games there. As a mother of two, I felt a sharp pain in my heart watching these kids who do not have a family, find such joy in such a simple outing. I was truly grateful that I could bring them happiness by just being there for them. They taught me to appreciate the little things in life and to not take what I have for granted.
Being a RYTHM volunteer has also inspired me to contribute outside of my work. Now, I frequently volunteer at my son’s school events, participate in various fundraising activities, serve at homes for the elderly, donate necessities to those in need and share food with the homeless.
Influenced by this, my family and friends have also started stepping up to help. My mum volunteers at an elderly home; she visits them to help out in various ways and organise functions for the seniors regularly. My two sons also enjoy joining me when I participate in these activities. I brought them along for a beach cleaning activity organised by RYTHM Foundation and it helped them understand the importance of preserving our environment. As a mother, I’m proud that I am able to inculcate in them at a young age values to help them grow into responsible adults.
The more I volunteer in RYTHM projects the more I want to do. I keep asking myself – what else can I do to help? There are so many families out there who have nothing. By sharing what we have, we can make the world a better place. I am looking forward to the next project soon where we will be visiting a home for children with special needs here in Hong Kong.”
Maggie Kung is a member of the Executive Chairman’s office in Hong Kong. This year, she has already contributed 20 hours towards volunteering projects and is looking forward to more.