Mr John Harris was one of our long-serving volunteers who first stumbled upon SPD as he lived in the neighbourhood. John started out volunteering on an ad-hoc basis but later volunteered regularly at the Day Activity Centre (DAC).
Over the span of two years, the 62-year-old American clocked over 150 hours of voluntary work. He visited the DAC weekly and befriended the clients. Good-natured and bubbly, he was a delight to be with and the clients enjoyed his company. During his time with SPD, John showed great commitment and a genuine heart that cares for the DAC clients. He was like a big brother who took time to know the people around him.
John has a passion for connecting and serving others. He has a friendly disposition which enables him to connect well with his clients. John chooses to see beyond their physical impairments and is easily able to relate to his clients.
John Harris was always kind and warm towards the DAC clients.
“John is a warm and wonderful person. He often took the extra effort to engage in conversations with all of the clients. He was always smiling and one time during Christmas, he even bought gifts for the clients!” said Valli, a senior training officer at the DAC.
Before John returned to the United States in May, SPD’s staff and clients threw him a farewell party show their appreciation.
We were sad to see him go, but we were happy that they got to know such a wonderful and exemplary volunteer and friend.
“I guess I would summarise everything up with a sincere ‘thank you’. I would not have changed anything. The only thing I regretted was not stumbling on SPD earlier. I could have had more time serving the people. If anyone is looking for an opportunity to contribute to the society, SPD is a great place to be at,” said John.
Thank you, John! We wish you all the best in your future endeavours.
SPD is constantly looking out for volunteers who want to make a difference. For those who want to give volunteering a shot or want to learn more about it, please call 6579 0799 or e-mail us.
We believe that you can make a difference in their lives!