Volunteers chime in on the importance of giving back

James Kon

The 14-day isolation for local students returning from Egypt would not have gone so smoothly had it not been for the volunteers who worked tirelessly to ensure the needs of the youngsters were met.

According to Head of Operation at the Youth Volunteer Centre Hajah Noor Monasalieana @ Suzie binti Haji Mohd Salleh, “Our task today is to deploy 60 of our volunteers to all hotels where students have completed their two-week isolation. For example, here at Grand City Hotel, we have four liaison officers to lead 15 youth volunteers.”

She also said, “This is not a drill; it is not an exercise. At the start, there was a bit of a confusion regarding the terms and conditions, but day by day, we learned from our mistakes and improved upon our operations.

“This really is a Whole-of-Nation Approach in practice. Everyone works together towards one unified goal, that is, to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.”

Hajah Noor Monasalieana’s first experience as a volunteer came in Indonesia, where she joined WeCare to provide assistance to people devastated by the tsunami in 2018.

Head of Operation at the Youth Volunteer Centre Hajah Noor Monasalieana @ Suzie binti Haji Mohd Salleh. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Volunteer Nurrul Ainul Haziqah binti Kadir is also a cadet of the 5th National Service Programme (PKBN)

When it comes to volunteering, she said “it’s a sincere call from the heart to help others. We don’t hope for anything in return” and believed that the youth who wish to experience the satisfaction of helping others should consider stepping up to the plate.

She said youth volunteers will now join hands with other non-profit organisations (NGOs) to support those affected by COVID-19, especially the elderly and the underprivileged during the month of Ramadhan.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Nurrul Ainul Haziqah binti Kadir, a volunteer from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and a cadet of the 5th National Service Programme (PKBN) said, “Our task was to keep an eye on the well-being of the students. When we first started, we worked an eight-hour shift. Now it’s down to six.”

She said being a volunteer has helped her learn the importance of teamwork, adding that “I’m currently looking for a job. This (voluntary work) keeps me busy”.