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Work No Pay – By Stephen Eruotor-Pat
A VOLUNTEER is a person who is a light to others, bearing witness in a mixed-up age, doing well and willingly the tasks at hand – namely, being aware of another’s needs and doing something about it; searching for society’s needs and offering to help solve them ~Anonymous
Winston Churchill said ‘You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give’
Here is a story a friend of mine told me few minutes before I started working on this chapter. It is about a young man in the United States who wakes up by 5 a.m every day to set out for the day. Now, he is a student at a University and at the same time, running a professional course somewhere. His lectures begin by 9 a.m, yet by 6 a.m every day he is already at school. The big question is, what does he do between 6 a.m and 9 a.m? This young man according to my friend has skills in teaching people how to write and do some other things. So, what he decided to do was volunteer three hours of his time every morning to teach for free. He does the same in the evening for a couple of hours every day. What a sacrifice for fellow citizens
Still wondering why America is great?
How much sacrifice are you ready to make for the development of your country? How much are you willing to give for your country to move forward? Very critical questions they are, but I can categorically state that your answer to these questions will determine how fast your country will experience transformation and development.
There are countless numbers of youths roaming the streets that just need to learn a skill and be equipped but no one is willing to teach or groom them. A large percentage of us believe in this part of the world that every single service rendered should come with a pay. Nigeria and your country need you to help empower her citizens one at a time and the effect will be tremendous. You could take out thirty minutes to one hour to groom a young chap in the neighbourhood. We should not fold our arms and allow a whole generation of youths’ waste away.
Elizabeth Andrew said ‘Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart’
Now, the effect of our failure to volunteer any help today is that these same young people, who have learned nothing, will find themselves in leadership positions tomorrow and resort to abuse of power or simply use people to achieve their goals and ambitions. Therefore, we have a responsibility as a nation, as individuals or as corporate organizations to empower and equip today’s youth to take up tasks and roles that will move our country forward. As an individual, make a commitment to reach out and empower someone in the neighbourhood. You may not know the importance or feel the effect until you see someone you trained doing well and reaching out to others in the society.
Volunteers are not paid — not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. ~ Author Unknown
This I believe is a sure way to national transformation and key to radical change. If we tread this path long enough, it is only a matter of time before we turn Africa around and make the world a better place for all of us. Together we can!
The effect of one life on another is tremendous. You should never undermine the power that resides with a group of committed people. ‘Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mould the present into a future of which we can all be proud’ ~ Helen Dyer.
Volunteering creates a national character in which the community and the nation take on a spirit of compassion, comradeship and confidence. ~ Brian O’Connell
Finally, when we volunteer, we build a community for all of us to live in peace and harmony. I would love you reading this article to adopt what former United States President, Bill Clinton said, “Citizen Service is the very American idea that we meet our challenges not as isolated individuals but as members of a true community, with all of us working together. Our mission is nothing less than to spark a renewed sense of obligation, a new sense of duty, and a new season of service….”
“… the very American idea …” is also the very Nigerian ideal. To volunteer is not optional, it’s a responsibility. You owe it to your country and fellow countrymen.
By Stephen Eruotor-Pat
A VOLUNTEER is a person who is a light to others, bearing