Saturday, March 24, 2007

Mercy, Mercy Me...




I covered the International Women's Day event this afternoon and aside from catching up with several high profile women friends including my dear ex-principal from sixth form who is now a deputy permanent secretary (I was so thrilled that she remembered my full name and my employment history!! heheh!), I had the honour of listening to the keynote speaker, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, President of Mercy Malaysia or Malaysian Medical Relief Society.

Frankly I had never heard of Mercy Malaysia until today and it certainly opened my eyes! One of the questions Dr Jemilah asked of the audience was when we think of humanitarian aid agencies, does any asian organisation come to mind? I must admit, the only one that came to mind was CARE Australia... hardly asian.

The other question she asked was, if tonight your sleep becomes an eternal one, and the maker asks you what have you done with your skills, education, intellect, wealth, influence etc to benefit your fellow human beings? How would you answer? Her objective was clear. To put everyone in a state of perturbation. And perturbed I was! She ended with a deep and meaningful quote from Martin Luther King Jr., "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

Food for thought: What can I do to help these organisations directly or indirectly aside from donating cash and supplies? Something to do with photography perhaps?

2 comments:

Intaniz said...

I am not sure if you were still there when Dr. Jim replied to one of the ladies inquire during Q&A - start something achievable, somehing closer to home. I believe truly that you have achieved this - through your calendar sales for SMARTER charity. Unlike most of us invited ladies, you have actually started what we just learnt. Syabas!

50mm Sniper said...

Unfortunately I had to leave early and so missed the Q&A. Thanks for the kind words Intan, I am now setting my sights on doing something outside our national borders.

Perhaps documenting the relief efforts from behind my camera lens? This would contribute to global awareness of the hardship that is being endured by our fellow human beings...