Our volunteers express their experiences of acts of compassion.
In Durban we have been serving lunch at the Dennis Hurley Centre for homeless and refugees in the city centre. Previously I had the mindset of looking at homeless people and drug addicts as trouble makers and was very negative and critical towards them. Volunteering at Dennis Hurley for these people broke my heart. My negativity fell away completely and exists no longer. My perception of people has changed completely. I don’t see colour or race any more. Now I constantly want to help them. My constant thought is what can we do to help, to serve? Who is there that we can assist? Who can we help? Our issues seem so small in comparison to the problems of the world. Volunteering for ACT has changed my life!
Volunteering for ACT has made me realise that there is much more to life than just receiving. There has always been the thought that I must get something from life. It means so much more for me now to give to others! I am so grateful now for everything that I do have and I realized how blessed I am to have so much. Volunteering has given me an opportunity to do good for others and in this process I have experienced how much good this has also done for me. The opportunity to serve has changed me, I have moved from a life of only wanting things for myself to a life of giving to others. Selfless service has become a gift to the self.
Through volunteering I have experienced seeing the inner light of every human being, that no matter external circumstances we are all children of the Divine Creator. I have learnt that we all have something to share within our capacity and that it is not about having lots of money to help those in need. It is all about giving back and helping all beings of Mother Earth. We have taken so much and expect so much, yet we never stop to think about giving back. Working with ACT has deepened my compassion for all living beings and to help where ever possible. I have learned gratitude for what life has given me and to appreciate everything. We all have so much given to us in abundance, we really only have the temporary use of these resources for they truly do not belong to us when we leave. Sharing what we have is the most enriching and uplifting service for humanity.
We thank you for the support on behalf of women and children who arrive at our doors fleeing violence. Your years of support and gift in kind donations of food and toiletries is truly appreciated. Because of your donation and campaign and especially donors like you, we know that we are not alone in this and we will get through this together as a community . Thank you for standing up for women!
"My name is Danilo and I would like to thank the ACT Foundation in the name of my mother and I. My mother remained immobile after third stroke. I am currently unemployed and suffering from kidney disease. Another operation is awaiting me, I hope everything will go well. Thank you for your help and support. It means a lot."