Volunteerism impacts everyone

Thursday, May 17, 2018

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Dear Editor,

As a concerned citizen in Montego Bay, I am calling on Jamaicans, particularly many more young people, to become nationalistic and start to give voluntary service for the upliftment of the nation this upcoming Labour Day, May 23, irrespective of their political preferences.

First of all, let us get a better understanding of what volunteerism is all about. It is an extension of being a good neighbour; for example, transforming a collection of houses into a community as the people become more involved in the improvement of their surroundings and choose to help others.

As a result, by caring and contributing to change, volunteers decrease suffering and inequality while gaining skills, self-esteem and impacting their own lives.

The chief aim of volunteerism continues to be that of achieving a better way of life for the people in various communities, including improving the circumstances of the ordinary citizens.

As a people, if we reflect on the importance of putting serious work into Labour Day, we will understand that May 23 was officially selected to commemorate this special day when Jamaicans strongly indicated their desire to improve their communities.

Nevertheless, more than ever, many more of our people, especially the younger generation, must be reminded of one of our familiar maxims: “Bread cast upon the water will return to sustain and strengthen the man or woman for that matter who is rendering more service and better service than he or she is paid or expected to do.”

Valentine Pearson

Montego Bay, St James


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