Guest posting on International Volunteers Week 2011

.Did I sign up for this?

Last month, my ex-colleague and friend, Lim Ka Ea, asked me to write an article on stay-home motherhood in conjunction with International Volunteers Day (IVD).  Ka Ea is the new curator of LoyarBurok, the best blawg in the world – according to His Supreme Eminenceness, Lord Bobo Barnabus!

IVD was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 17 December 1985. Every year on 5 December, the world observes IVD in recognition of the work carried out by millions of volunteers across the planet.

This week, LoyarBurok is paying tribute to all the volunteers in Malaysia who have sacrificed time to do volunteering work simply because they have not stopped believing in humanity and the country.

Head over there to read about Mable Leong’s involvement in a street feeding project in Brickfields, how Elison Wong combines her passion for food with giving to the poor, how a news report from Al-Jazeera changes Alison Murugesu-Ghani’s life and how saving the planet can be dirty business according to Tang Chun Cheuh.

Firdaus Husni speaks about the challenges of volunteering while coping with her second year of legal practice in a busy firm. Snowpiano challenges us to stop talking and start taking actions in an exclusive interview. Azlan, a Penggerak Belia Tempatan for the Majlis Perbandaran Kajang, shares his views on volunteering work in another interview. Maha Balakrishnan writes about her inspiring work with the Bar Council’s MyConstitution Campaign.

I share about my vocation as a stay-home mother. How does stay-home motherhood qualify as volunteerism? Go figure! The sacrifices by mothers who work outside the home are equally important and tend to be overlooked, although that lies beyond the scope of my article.

So please hop over to LoyarBurok for a read. Be inspired by all the volunteers out there, comment, and share your thoughts and insights on what stay-home motherhood – or motherhood generally – means to you.

Happy weekend!


  • Kiddothings
    December 12, 2011 2:41 pm

    Great post over there J. Thanks for writing it!

  • mamawearpapashirt
    February 7, 2012 11:15 pm

    That was a really great post, and a very timely one for me. Thank you…

  • Mama, Hear Me Roar
    February 8, 2012 1:23 am

    Thank you, June. I had to re-read it a few times on some hard days this month to encourage myself! 😉

  • Mama, Hear Me Roar
    February 8, 2012 1:24 am

    Thanks for your encouragement as always, G.

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