Irene was introduced to me by a friend in university in 2011. She happens to be working in Singapore too when I first met her. Instantly, she got drawn to the concept of what we do at Giving is Social—which is to inspire, inform and connect givers.
To this day, she is probably one of the the longest-time and strongest supporters of Giving is Social, and she’s a source of encouragement all the time!
Here’s part 2 of my interview with her for our #GenerosityStories.
Joanna: Why do you think giving is important?
Irene: I think giving is important because giving back and helping is an essential part of being human. And by giving, by sharing love and kindness, you make this world a better place. And I think that it's just a responsibility that we share.
Joanna: Our dream in Giving is Social is to encourage people to start a lifestyle of giving. As one of our friends who's advocate is giving, what is your suggestion or encouragement to people who want to take that step?
Irene: I think giving is not all about donating money. We can start by donating our time by volunteering with a local organization that you really believe in. But most importantly, I think it is what you do every day. It’s our being kind to others, doing one act of kindness at a time that makes a difference.
With an act of kindness, you can inspire others to go out there and plant seeds of happiness by giving too.
Joanna: How do you pick the beneficiaries that you support?
Irene: I want to support organizations that are advocating the cause I believe in. For me it’s supporting disadvantaged children.
Joanna: That makes sense. We've also learned in our journey through Giving is Social that people give to advocacies that resonate with. Our values are integral to our giving.
Other people may be more attracted to causes helping the elderly, and that's alright. In terms of looking for beneficiaries here or abroad, apart from google-ing, how do you actually make sure that these organizations are doing their part and making sure that the resources that you give them are going to their beneficiaries?
Irene: I think we have to do our diligent research. A recommendation from friends is also essential. These first-hand experiences from them will help us make decisions whether to partner with an organization or not.
Joanna: I really enjoyed chatting with Irene. I know there are a lot more things that I can learn from you. So keep doing what you’re doing, and we're cheering you on. Thank you for your time!
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