With 2 new volunteers roped in during the past 2 weeks, we now have 27 volunteers altogether inclusive of 7 trainee volunteers. That doesn’t mean all 27 are really active volunteers. I haven’t met some of the volunteers for quite some time already. Understandably, since we are all working people (except for 2 or 3 pensioners), priority will have to be given to our jobs rather than our voluntary work.
Besides, this is VOLUNTARY work, and in any voluntary organisations, usually the enthusiasm is very high in the beginning, and then the momentum slows down. That’s where new volunteers with enthusiasm are needed. Otherwise, depending on the very same volunteers each time may cause burnout.
However, I do hope we will be able to get as many volunteers to attend our coming Family Day in August. We haven’t really decided on the venue of this year’s Family Day, but we have shortlisted 3 venues. There is however, a similarity between the 3 places – the children (and the “child-at-heart” adults) can play in water, water, water… it’s just a matter of whether we choose “hot or cold”!
Of course, when it comes to places where the children can play in water, we have to bear in mind the safety of these children. We went to Teluk Batik once, but during that year, we didn’t have as many clients and as such, not as many children. It was easier to control them then. Recently however, we have more and more children joining the family day and it will very difficult to control the children, especially the extra adventurous ones. They don’t often get to go jalan-jalan anywhere, so in their excitement, they may do things which may endanger their own safety. So, no to beaches and especially waterfalls, although we do have lots of choices in Perak when it comes to waterfalls.
Whatever it is, we will definitely have to decide by next week’s board meeting, and after that, we will have to start calling our clients, inviting them to join the Family Day. As I mentioned in my previous posting, chances are the sub-committee will have to meet every week to discuss on the logistics and arrangements to ensure that everything will run smoothly.
So, any guesses as to where the 3 shortlisted places are?