He chooses to put on a heart of compassion

Today’s Everyday Heroes series features Joe Tan, a previous army regular, active philanthropist, co-founder of the Love Action Project, CEO of Hands-Up! , a sports programme volunteer at Trybe and a writer at heart. Find out what drives him every day.

 
 

(Photo provided by Joe)

A Friday evening at the soccer pitch saw a slight drizzle and myriad of shouting at the soccer pitch but his smile is still on his face. Today we go up-close and personal with Joe Tan to find out what moves him to keep giving every day.

Trybe: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your everyday routine is like.

Joe: I am a social entrepreneur, co-founder of Love Action Project and also CEO of Hands-Up!, but by day I am a consultant and I write to earn an income. In my free time, I walk my dog, hit the gym and read just like everyone else.

Trybe: How did you get started in this whole volunteering thing?

Joe: I was serving the military as a regular for 11 years. I began my journey in 2012 after I was back from deployment when I had some time on my hands to volunteer. We were doing some packing and delivering of groceries to the rental flats for the elderly with corporate working people but I felt that their skills and capacity were not fully utilized. So I started the Love Action Project to create campaigns to empower people to volunteer. I first started the Love Action Project by organizing carnivals in hospitals and bringing lower income children to different workplaces to expose and give them opportunities. You can say that I got addicted to running events for a good cause.

Trybe: What is your role as a volunteer in Trybe?

Joe: I see my role as more of an initiator for programmes like the soccer programme held today. I call it ‘Sportify’ where we offer opportunities to youths-at-risk to be exposed to different sports such as kayaking and crossfit which they otherwise would not be able to try. I want to expose the youths-at-risk to different kinds of social circles where the sports coaches can bring the youths under their wings.

“Seeing that relationship with the boys grow and to be treated like a friend and brother is something special to me.”

Trybe: What moves you to keep volunteering?

Joe: What moves me is when I see impact being made. When you influence someone to “pay it forward” and see people being able to stand on their own two feet, it really motivates you to keep on going. I come here bi-weekly to play soccer with the youths and seeing that relationship with the boys grow and to be treated like a friend and brother is something special to me. I want to make a difference and to give them something unique and special that they can to talk to their friends about.

Trybe: What have you learnt from volunteering with Trybe?

Joe: Volunteering with Trybe helped me to understand the inherent problems with youths-at-risk, what drives them to do certain things and why there is a need to break the cycle of delinquency. There is a lot to be done before they can break out of this cycle. If there is not enough support for them, they will go back to square one. I now understand the challenges that social workers face. It is really not easy for 1 person to handle so many boys. A lot of people expect social workers to create magic and people forget that they are humans too.

Trybe: What would you say to someone who wants to volunteer?

Joe: I often ask people this question. How do you define ‘enough’ in your life? Technically, that is to have food to eat and roof over your head. If you are at that stage, then it is important for all of us to understand that we are blessed and yet there are people out there who do not have enough. So come and experience first-hand how it is like to help someone unconditionally and get appreciation from it.

There are many ways you can put on a heart of volunteering. Take action today by volunteering or giving a small gift to help us nurture our youths.

“I often ask people this question. How do you define ‘enough’ in your life? It is important for all of us to understand that we are blessed and yet there are people out there who do not have enough.”

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He chooses to put on a heart of compassion

Today’s Everyday Heroes series features Joe Tan, a previous army regular, active philanthropist, co-founder of the Love Action Project, CEO of Hands-Up! , a sports programme volunteer at Trybe and a writer at heart. Find out what drives him every day.

(Photo provided by Joe)

A Friday evening at the soccer pitch saw a slight drizzle and myriad of shouting at the soccer pitch but his smile is still on his face. Today we go up-close and personal with Joe Tan to find out what moves him to keep giving every day.

Trybe: Tell us a little bit about yourself and what your everyday routine is like.

Joe: I am a social entrepreneur, co-founded the Love Action Project and also the CEO of Hands-Up!, but by day I am a consultant and I write to earn an income. In my free time, I walk my dog, hit the gym and read just like everyone else.

Trybe: How did you get started in this whole volunteering thing?

Joe: I was serving the military as a regular for 11 years. I began my journey in 2012 after I was back from deployment when I had some time on my hands to volunteer. We were doing some packing and delivering of groceries to the rental flats for the elderly with corporate working people but I felt that their skills and capacity were not fully utilized. I started Love Action Project to create campaigns to empower people to volunteer by organizing carnivals in hospitals and brought lower income children to different workplaces to expose and to give them opportunities. You can say that I got addicted to running events for a good cause.

Trybe: What is your role as a volunteer in Trybe?

Joe: I see my role as more of an initiator for programmes like the soccer programme that we are at today. I call it ‘Sportify’ where we offer opportunities to youth at risk to be exposed to different sports such as kayaking and crossfit which they otherwise would not have. I want to expose the youths-at-risk to different kinds of social circles where the sport coaches can bring the youths under their wings.

“Seeing that relationship with the boys grow and to be treated like a friend and brother is something special to me.”

Trybe: What moves you to keep volunteering?

Joe: What moves me is when I see impact being made. When you influence someone “pay it forward” and see people being able to stand on their own two feet, it really motivates me to keep on going. I come here weekly to play soccer with the youths and seeing that relationship with the boys grow and to be treated like a friend and brother is something special to me. I want to make a difference and to give them something unique and special that they can to talk to their friends about.

Trybe: What have you learnt from volunteering with Trybe?

Joe: Volunteering with Trybe helped me to understand the inherent problems with youth at risk, what drives them to do certain things and why there is a need to break the cycle of delinquency. There is a lot to be done before they can break out of this cycle. If there is not enough support for them, they will go back to square one. I now understand the challenges that social workers face. It is really not easy for 1 person to handle so many boys. A lot of people expect social workers to create magic and people forget that they are humans too.

Trybe: What would you say to someone who wants to volunteer?

Joe: I often ask people this question. How do you define ‘enough’ in your life? Technically, that is to have food to eat and roof over your head. If you are at that stage, then it is important for all of us to understand that we are blessed and yet there are people out there who do not have enough. So come and experience first-hand how it is like to help someone unconditionally and get appreciation from it.

There are many ways you can put on a heart of volunteering. Take action today by volunteering or giving a small gift to help us nurture our youths.

“I often ask people this question. How do you define ‘enough’ in your life? It is important for all of us to understand that we are blessed and yet there are people out there who do not have enough.”

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