By Chiann Yi
About a year ago, I was invited to a charity concert by a friend who told me it was a fundraising effort by this crazy guy who gave up his corporate job to build toilets for the less fortunate people in rural areas. I, unfortunately, could not attend but who knew our paths would cross again through an old friend of mine. This friend would go on to convince me that it is not only possible to make a difference to people’s lives in a country 2000km away, but that it can be fun and easy at the same time. Honestly, I was also spurred by the brief water shortage I experienced in KL and could just not imagine living in conditions where there was no running water.
So I set my goal at USD300 which, through MAD Experience, would help to build 3 water filters for 3 families in a small village in Siem Reap. To fundraise, I had planned to make an elaborate stop-motion video to communicate my plea. But as this plan crashed and burned, I decided just to grow a thick skin, make my case and simply, ask. You will learn that people are fundamentally kind and compassionate when it comes to helping others. They just need the assurance that their donation is put to good use and MAD Experience does this with full transparency.
Thanks to my generous family and friends, I managed to raise a little more than double my goal (currently at USD770). At the end of May, I’ll be getting my hands dirty and flying to that little village in Siem Reap to help build these life-easing water filters. To those of you who are still thinking “should I” or “could I”, I say stop wondering and just do it because it feels... damn good.