We are delighted to share a blog written by student Paris, from Kiangsu Chekiang College International Section, who is part of team Operation Donation delivering a Global Goals project for the 2020-21 GSL Global Goals Competition.
Their project is among over 957 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community.
Operation Donation hopes to be able to help the local community in terms of the issue with poverty by donating useful materials to them, educating our audience on the importance about it during the progress.
Our project: Operation Donation hopes to pass on the message of the importance of education and to educate the public about why it is most vital for everyone in the world, including those in poverty.
We are hoping to be able to help the local community in terms of the issue with poverty by donating useful materials to them, especially during the pandemic. In summary, our project is to raise awareness of the dangers of wasting by kindly asking people to donate used things so those items could be passed on to people who really need them. Our donations would be shipped off to Crossroads Foundation, a local non-profit organisation that redistributes its quality goods to over 95 countries all over the world, very well-known and reliable in HK.
To achieve our goal, we launched an Instagram account to attract public attention. We have also helped to spread the message to our homerooms in order to attract attention from the school.
We established a collection point (Donation Boxes) for students and staff alike to do something meaningful with their old clothes, books, stationery and toys. Also, we are encouraging more people to engage in these activities in trying to help out those who are in need by doing simple actions such as cleaning out useless house inventories.
I’ve learnt a lot throughout this experience, one of which is creating a social media account promoting our cause – all from scratch. The hardest challenge for me was finding my audience as I was not sure where to start or who was actually going to read my stories / posts. In order to overcome this aspect, I followed many of those who followed the “Bee the light” project in our school as they knew more connections than I did!
The Next Chapter
From this experience, I’ve learnt so much about the importance of learning about the sustainable development goals, the United Nations and my community as a whole.
I am able to take this newfound experience and apply them to the future ahead of me, educating the next generation of those who would take GSL as well as learning from our strengths and weaknesses. I would highly recommend people my age to join, because, who knows? Starting small may create a huge change for the world! You wouldn’t know until you try!