Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Benevolent Act

A single benevolent act can make a difference – It can also be multiplied!

Have you watched the movie Pay it Forward? It is about a young boy who’s taken his Social Studies assignment seriously of doing something to change the world and putting it to action. It invokes the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward. In other words, it is repaying good deeds not right back to the person, but new good deeds done to three new people. The assistance given to someone who direly needs of it will significantly reform and transform that person. This is where the act of charity comes in. Charity comes from one good deed – a benevolent feeling followed by a generous action to aid the helpless, in need or in disfavor. Take, for example, Princess Diana, whose charity works involve health-related matters that even cross the borders of traditional royal involvement, including AIDS and leprosy. She patronizes charities and organizations working with the homeless, youth, drug addicts and elderly. Royalty is utilizing its position and prominence to have a louder voice of change, such as one done by Princess Hissa Al-Sha’alan, spouse of Kind Abdullah. She promotes an eye-opener message to her people that the Arab woman can contribute effectively in her society and produce promising generations. Furthermore, charity works involve a contribution, may it be money or in kind, the most selfless of all – time. When you devote your time to aiding the helpless, it is as if you are imparting a portion of your life to them. For instance, Mother Teresa, who spent most of her life ministering the poor, sick, orphaned and dying and of whom founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. With approximately 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospitals and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, children’s and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools, she was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless.

Charity work and giving of donations aren’t only for royalty, celebrity or saint. It may be a duty or a passion, but one thing’s certain, it is for the betterment of the world. Various charitable main causes are cited below.

Animals

Aside from animal shelters and sanctuaries, a wider scope of animal charities is present that are beyond practical care, such as research, campaign awareness and preserving habitats. Domestic and wild animals can extremely benefit from your donations such as being involved in a sponsorship program, investing in the campaign for preservation, or research.

Environment

Survey tells us that environmentalism is underfunded. The reason why the environmental charitable organizations weren’t around for long because before, climate change and other environmental issues weren’t still present. Now, it is the time to be aware and take action to what is plaguing the environment as to support organizations for climate change and sustainability such as Greenpeace, The Green Alliance, Friends of the Earth and a lot more.

Cancer

Fighting cancer would mean supporting research and treatment; being involved in advice and care to the victims. Raising awareness is more important than it sounds as this keeps cancer high on the government’s health agenda. This in turn can encourage people to be mindful of early signs of cancer and bring hope to the patients.

Children

Children are innocent and vulnerable. They need all the help they can get to be protected, cared for, and guided. Preventing cruelty and abuse, care for disadvantaged children, their illness and disability are a few of the main concerns charitable organizations are attending to. To name some, The Children’s Society focuses on street children, the disabled and refugees; YMCA provides accommodation, sports facilities and childcare.

Human Rights

Human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. However, this wasn’t always the case for all nations. That is why organizations such as Amnesty International help promote this sentiment by investigating abuses and carries out a high profile campaigning.

You may not be connected in any charitable institution, but you can still do a good amount of selfless acts to people. After all, a man’s true wealth hereafter is the good that he does in this world to his fellows.