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Published: Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday December 5, 2013 MYT 7:06:05 AM

Tough but fulfilling task, says Vemanna

Worthwhile: Vemanna says it can be difficult to be a full-time volunteer but everyone has an expertise that can be useful.

Worthwhile: Vemanna says it can be difficult to be a full-time volunteer but everyone has an expertise that can be useful.

VOLUNTEERISM is a tough job and not everyone is cut out for it but there are little things everyone can do to help those in need.

National Cancer Council (Makna) deputy general manager Vemanna Appannah said sometimes it can be difficult to be a full-time volunteer but that everyone can contribute in different ways.

“Our lifestyle has changed and many have their priorities.

“Some can help with our administrative work or even take cancer patients for some recreation,” he said.

He said every year they received about 4,500 referrals, and the number of volunteers was never enough to reach out to so many patients.

He said the spirit of volunteerism has also changed over the years.

Before, volunteerism was encouraged in schools but now more emphasis was placed on striving for good grades.

He said volunteering helped to develop social skills.

“We get to hone interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, boost self-confidence and is generally uplifting. Volunteers also bridge the gap between the organisation and the people,” he said.

They do all the ground work and are not paid for the time and money spent in getting their tasks done.

At Makna, every volunteer is taught the basics of nursing and undergo two courses.

The first focuses on the types of cancers and the treatment while the second is on caring for the sick and bedridden.

“They help care for and teach the patients or family members all these during their home visits,” he added.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Central Region, Family & Community, volunteerism; International Volunteers' Day; National Cancer Council (Makna)

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