Monday, April 20, 2009

A visit to the Shelter


Ever thought of the less fortunate when you are digging into your hokkien noodles and cutting through your nice tender steak? Well, most probably not.

Admittedly i don't.

Until we at PwC Toastmasters Club organised a half day outing at the Shelter to mingle and entertain the kids as well as donating items, cash and etc (our bit to the community). It striked me that i have once again forgotten how to appreciate the simple things in life and drowning in the lifestyle of wanting this and that.

To see kids of different age and colours, ever so cheerful despite their backgrounds, happy with just singing along to songs and listening to me ramble on about public speaking (after sleeping 4 hours the day before), was probably the best Saturday morning i ever had in a very long time (despite procrastinating that i had overslept and rushed in the shower and left without breakfast in the stomach).

The particular Shelter we visited in Petaling Jaya has 4 outlets catering for different age and sex.

Conducting a simple sing-along-song and jumping around. No canggih-manggih gadgets, no flat screen TVs and big speakers.


Having a challenge trying to capture smiles and laughs on the camera.

Our aim was to bring lots of smiling and laughing and we hoped our best made the kids have a happy day. At the end of the afternoon, we saw how the kids appreciate simple things like KFC and being so happy for our presence was priceless.

Any takers for the next visit?

For more info, please visit Shelter

More pictures at Flickr

16 comments:

J2Kfm said...

admittedly, I dont as well. though i'm not the type who goes indulging all the time.
erm, according to my own category lah .... ;)

thule a.k.a leo said...

Joe... I salute you. Have a heart of gold which is rare among kl-ites these days. I hardly know anyone who would spend their free time doing these works... you have my respect buddy!

I understand how those kids lack of attention, care and love... and that's why I thank God that He blessed me with a good family...

As for you... good job.. NO, it's GREAT JOB!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

j2kfm: im sure many dont so tats y its just a reminder to all of us that they r those who are less unfortunate around..

leo: haha i was hesitant at first, but by the middle of the day, u just learn to enjoy urself with the kids..

550ml jar of faith said...

The pics of the laughter are priceless! It's true how little it takes to bring joy to these kids. A thoughtful, richly rewarding way to start a weekend!

CUMI & CIKI said...

excellent joe! love the smiles:D must be as bright as urs;)

Tummythoz said...

Think been to this home before. Other than the well behaved kids, I remember the humongous dining table in its kitchen. =P

xin said...

yr trip definitely made their day and yours. sometimes when i am so so pissed off about my life, i will think that there are so many unfortunate people out there, and there is nothing i should really complain about my life

qwazymonkey said...

Sighs now you go make me feel guilty everytime I chow down on those pork lardy black noodles, but then again I hardly makan Hokkien Mee. Never gonna look at a plate of Hokkien Mee the same again. Ever!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

qwazymonkey: good way to curb those lard cravings eh?

xin: yeap, always think abt them when u r down..

tummythoz: for 13 kids n helpers..yeah its LONG...

c&c: theirs were really bright!

550ml: definitely a different way of spending my weekend..

Selba said...

That's so nice and sweet :)

Julian Si said...

Looks like a super day out, good job mate!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

selba: yeah haha i think so too =)

julian: very very tiring day haha but worth it.

fatboybakes said...

awww, i can almost hear louis armstrong's what a wonderful world playing in the background...

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

fbb: funnily enuf my fren sang oasis, wonderwall..funny when i realised they werent even born when the song came out..

terri@adailyobsession said...

way to go, joe!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

terri: haha thanks!