She’s paid only with love

HER love for volunteering started when she was in primary school. As she grew older, it did not wane and disappear but instead grew into a strong desire. It is something she has always wanted to do when she leaves school.

Makarita Dawai, 18, firmly believes the best way to find oneself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

This is indeed some statement given that some young people just want to have a good time. Others are focused on getting ahead with their own lives in order to secure a better future. For them, there is little or no time at all for others.

She said volunteering was about giving our time and resources to help better the lives of those most in need.

Being the youngest participant in this year’s Fifth Women’s Forum representing the National Council of First Young Women is something Makarita described as a blessing and a privilege.

She said attending the three-day women’s meeting was an eye-opener.

Makarita said she was able to learn a lot during the meeting and has since shared what she had learnt from the meeting with the other participants and those she interacted with regularly.

“I’ve came across situations where people and my friends make fun of me but I’m glad that I made the right decision and joined the National Council of First Young Women and help them reach out to women in the remote areas,” Makarita said.

Without a doubt, there have been hurdles to overcome and challenges to meet in her journey thus far.

There were times when Makarita wanted to give up because of what others said about her but then she realised she has a calling — trying her best to make sure those who were in dire need of assistance were given the help they needed.

Sometimes, it’s when you persevere despite the hardships, that life can be so rewarding —even in situations where others see only difficulty.

“When you volunteer, you are not paid in money or recognition, you are paid in love. People may forget what you said and people may forget what you did but they will never forget how it made them feel.”

Makarita said she never regretted joining the National Council of Young Women. She said she was able to learn a lot from her colleagues especially on how women in various communities could be assisted.

“Most of the time men take advantage of women and this is something I’m hoping to advocate more on that men need to change their mind-set and how they see women because I believed that we contribute a lot in our community and to nation building as well.”

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