BA Philosophy, University College London
“If not you, then who?”
Somewhere along the line of growing up, I had figured out that living would only be worthwhile, if, at the end of the day, I have managed to make a difference. Last year, through UKECharisma, I was given the opportunity to volunteer in the rural areas of Sabah, an experience that has allowed me to experience first-hand, the joy derived from service above self. Consequently, this also inspired within me, a desire to elevate volunteerism from the niche position that it holds, offering a meaningful alternative to those seeking for summer pursuits that were not of the corporate nature.
On a less serious note, I’m heavily partial to salted cream cheese bubble tea, I can quote almost every line from Friends and I always love a good book.
Vinrea Lim Mao Lung
MEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
I never truly understood the meaning behind the proverb until I took part in one of the volunteering projects organized by UKECharisma last summer,
Project Teringai-Tumunda. During the two-weeks stay at SK Tumunda Salimandut, I had met the most committed and sincerest group of individuals (the teachers, students and volunteers) who constantly strived to deliver the very best they could in every possible way. Although the project had ended a few months ago, the impact they left have been staying with me since then and have inspired me to continuously stepping out of my comfort zone to discover more inequalities that the society is currently struggling with. Not only does volunteering change others’ lives, it also changes your life a little at a time. Realizing or not, you will start feeling a little more grateful and a little more appreciative in daily life.
“If not now, then when?”
Act now and make a difference!!!
Kong Yi Fen
BSc Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics and Political Science
I have always considered myself to be very fortunate. Volunteering offers me the opportunity to take a step back from everyday life, be grateful and give back in whatever way I can to people who perhaps aren’t as fortunate. UKECharisma appeals a lot to me because it attracts like-minded people and passionate individuals. It might be a relatively small organisation, but the projects carried out have had a positive impact on pressing issues. Volunteering has given me the most rewarding and humbling experiences and any positive impact I can make as part of UKECharisma will drive me on. I am excited to keep on volunteering, this time with UKECharisma and the amazing committee!
As an aside, I really enjoy riding the motorcycle, practicing yoga and baking
STRATEGY & LOGISTICS DIRECTOR
Nisa Binti Ali Hasan
Biotechnology, Imperial College London
Being busy with a purpose gives me immense satisfaction – to work for something that many people could benefit from, and could provide a positive change in the long run.
Having a group of people working towards the same causes which I support, and all of us being hands-on in the planning, execution, and the volunteering is what made UKECharisma appeal to me. Glad to be a part of this family 🙂
A firm believer of ‘inertia’ in every aspect of life and the Butterfly Effect. Interests include but not limited to: Animals, nature, sciences, reading, music.
STRATEGY AND LOGISTICS DIRECTOR
Wei Tung Toh
BSc (Hons) Economics, University of Warwick
One of my supervisors whom I was working with on a volunteering project once told me: “Do not feel satisfied with what you have done in projects where you felt you have done your ‘social part’ in helping the world. Feel dissatisfied, to realise that it’s not just about the one day, one week or one month that you can help change everything. It is a lifelong fight and a challenge to one day, hopefully build a better world step by step.” Let us be a spark to a revolution, helping to rebuild this unbalanced world. This is the main reason why I joined the UKECharisma committee! Apart from volunteering and fussing over game theoretical models, I enjoy travelling, baking and all things with pusheen cats :3
Meriell Leeza Gayongala
Pharmacy, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Some people volunteer to gain experience or to build their resume, and some for the social aspect, to climb the social ladder while helping those less fortunate. Everyone has their own calling to why they volunteer. However, I volunteer to give back to my community, the one who has shaped me to be the person I am today. I volunteer with UKECharisma as a way of giving back, out of compassion and sincerity. We are all as one human family, and we need to help each other. It was said by Aesop (which has simply been the quote that keeps me going) no act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. I believe there is nothing more satisfying than giving some of your precious time to others because it will be the best time of your life.
Medicine, University College Dublin
“One realisation I’ve had as I grow up that has greatly impacted me is the idea of privilege. The opportunity to volunteer and get involved with community service is a privilege. It is a privilege to be able to afford giving up time to supply a service to people who don’t have certain privileges themselves. And I thank UKECharisma for giving me this opportunity to enjoy this privilege by being part of the team. Being aware of our privilege as volunteers will better inform the calls to action we make, make us more of a self-aware citizen and inspire more understanding and compassionate behaviour among our peers.”
Eunice Lim Yuying
Medicine, University College Dublin
Volunteering requires a strong and generous character to do it well, yet also serves as an open invitation to build character as well. Through my journey (so far) volunteering in education, healthcare and human rights, the realisation that there is so much to do out there in the world overwhelms me every time I think about it.
As such, I keep the spirit of volunteering close to my heart. Besides, not many things are comparable to the magic of genuine human connection that does not ask when it gives, it’s one of the many things that keeps us humane.
I joined the UKECharisma team hoping to recruit you into volunteerism (hence Recruitment Director HEH). Hope to see you in our next volunteering project, I am more approachable than I look, really!
MALAYSIAN LIAISON OFFICER
Software Engineering, University Malaysia Sabah
I’m a proud Malaysian, born and raised in the beautiful city of Kota Kinabalu. Last summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of UKECharisma’s Project Tumunda. It was indeed a life-changing experience, and this year, I am blessed with yet another opportunity to serve and work in UKECharisma as the Malaysian Liaison Officer. I have always believed that there is no better place to start the movement for a change, than in your own country. I also believe that while it seems impossible to change the world, we can always change someone’s world, and I aspire to achieve that through UKECharisma.
Apart from helping people, I also love rice, dogs, and Patrick Star.
MALAYSIAN LIAISON OFFICER
Ee Ming Sun
Chemical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas
If you are passionate about the world, there are no excuses for you to not pursue it regardless of how big or small of a business it is. I have always loved the idea of being in charity events or organisations and helping out those in need. My effort might be relatively small but I believe it will bring a difference to the others and myself. I hope to be able to influence people in a good way and to always improve myself in any way possible. By joining UKECharisma, I believe this is a great platform for me to start out with and I hope you can join me on this journey!
Oh and I paint during my free time and maybe some jogging and hiking too. I’m always up for any adventures!
Jia Qi Lee
Actuarial Science, Heriot-Watt University
I want to bring a smile on people’s faces, whether through the mean of sharing a video of puppies and cats on Facebook, or by a simple act of kindness such as holding the door for someone, or through the means of volunteering. UKECharisma gives me a platform to serve and hopefully inspire & make a difference in people’s lives, and to spread happiness and smiles.
Like most Malaysian out there, I am an avid foodie and the easiest way to put a smile on my face is by giving me FOOD (Especially Chili Pan Mee & bread!). Hope this post made you smile 🙂
Muhammad Faris Anuar
Medicine, Trinity College Dublin
“Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country”
I joined UKECharisma as it provides me with a platform where I can directly contribute to the Malaysian community back home. I am willing to work in making small changes that have an impact towards society. To me, I believe that no matter where you are, you will always have a chance to do good deeds. So seize the day and make the world a better place.