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The Gift Of Giving

Hey there Guys,

I’m going to be away from the blog this week as I am heading off to spend the week helping bring joy and laughter to a group of kids living with cancer.

Each year I take two to three weeks off working as a doctor for the amazing people at Camp Quality Australia. After each camp I am exhausted, excited, perhaps even a little bit hyperactive after a week of crazy antics, getting to enjoy being a kid again and the pride of knowing that what I have done helps make a difference.

Please don’t think I’m writing about this to big note myself, that is not my intention. I do however want to highlight the importance of considering the idea of service to others as a wonderful way to feel great and to add to the world.

Research has shown that volunteering can:

  • Offer a sense of motivation and achievement
  • Help you to develop new skills
  • Help you engage with the community
  • Help you meet new people
  • Increase your job prospects.

In the world of volunteering there are almost as many benefits as there are options.

Have you considered helping out at your local community center? Delivering meals to those who are not able to cook or get out and about? How about offering the skills you already have to a different group of people that you would normally work with.

The opportunities are available, you just need to put your hand up and be willing to join in.

To quote my boss, an amazing man who donates 2 weeks a year to helping run a medical centre in Fiji:

“If each and every person was to take just one week from their life each year to serve, can you imagine how amazing the world would be?”

Imagine a world where we cared for each other, a world where we were able to offer help without expecting anything in return, a world where old ladies were offered help getting their bags onto the tram.

It’s the little things that make the big differences. My question to you is, how can you spend your week?

Yours in good health.

Dr George

PS. If you would like to read more about the work I have done at Camp Quality, here is a link to an article I wrote after my first camp.
Life as a Camp Quality doctor and my recent article about why Camp Quality is my favourite charity.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for Camp Quality you can learn more here.

 

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