Why do I Volunteer with NAYD?

Paul Shaw – NAYD Steering Group

I’ve been with NAYD since 2007 when it was formed. What a roller-coaster ride its been – so many any ups and downs. One moment you’re on the crest of a wave, the next struggling to keep your head above water. Sometimes your heart is being torn out, at others its being lifted high to the heavens. Why do I do it? The short answer is love. The long answer is its values built from experience going back many years. I have travelled widely, met many races and cultures but a key benchmark was teaching Pochi Tamba, founder of NAYD, to use GPS some 12 years ago at the World Youth Congress. We had a laugh…and so the journey began. I’ve met so many friends globally since and count myself very lucky as a result. The truth is its fun to help people. You get so much gratitude. What more could you ask for? Life throws many challenges, but to know others are there to listen, to hold hands, is that not Ubuntu? Its what we believe at NAYD as well. The last 11 years has taught me so much. I don’t need to be paid for something priceless.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ Martin Luther King Jnr

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