The more you give, the more you get back in return (philanthropic and charitable efforts)

The more you give, the more you get back in return.

Aiming for wealth is good but in my honest opinion, utilising the wealth for the good of others is also respectable, no?

We hear in the press about rich folks giving millions away for philanthropic and charitable efforts. Even Warren Buffett gave away a mighty proportion of his wealth to Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Very admirable.

Perhaps it’s time for us to do the same as well? Granted, we don’t have as much wealth as these guys do, but giving little by little will certainly make a difference in the long run, wouldn’t you agree?

For the past couple of weeks, I have been promoting 5 charity organisations that I currently support. I’m not able to give much financial support just yet but hopefully by advertising them on my blog, I’ll be able to give them some extra exposure. Anyway, to recap, here they are again:

1. PLAN Australia
2. Fred Hollows Foundation
3. Operation Smile Australia
4. Muslim Aid Australia
5. Human Appeal International

I’ve always been thinking to myself about giving back when I’m a bit well off. Often, when we are indeed “well off”, we always have excuses not to give back. So, instead of allowing myself to do that, I’m forcing myself to do my part. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. I urge all of you to do the same. It doesn’t have to be the organisations I’ve listed above. You can support any organisations that you feel comfortable with.

On top of having an investment portfolio, how about having a charity portfolio as well? Sounds fair? After all, the more you give, the more you’ll get back.

Do share in the comments section below of the charity organisations that you support.

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Muslim Aid Australia & Human Appeal International: Giving with a Purpose

Muslims and non-muslims, if you like to help others, these two organisations are the ones to look out for. They are Muslim Aid Australia and Human Appeal International.

These folks have a range of charitable programs that you can donate to. Some of the programs deal with education & skills, orphans, health & medical, micro enterprises, and many more. Do visit their websites here and here for a full list of what they do.

You can even pay zakat over there too!

Do lend a hand folks. Who knows, maybe in the future we’ll be the ones needing help.

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Why are you doing STPM? A Levels? Foundation Studies? Diploma? International Baccaulerate (IB)? Ausmat? SAM? Which one is better?

For Malaysians, there are so many options after high school. Talking about tertiary education, there are so many pathways out there. Some of them are:

1. Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM)
2. A Levels
3. Pre-U Foundation Studies
4. Diploma
5. International Baccalaureate (IB)
6. Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
7. South Australian Matriculation (SAM)

The question is, which one is better? Better in terms of quality (i.e. which one prepares you better) as well as which one opens up more opportunities later on.

Before university, I did my foundation studies in a Malaysian college. After that, I applied into a university in Australia and got accepted into its dual degree in Bachelor of Laws & Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) program.

However, if I was better informed back then, perhaps I would’ve done things differently. At the moment, I actually see merits in A Levels and Diploma. It seems like with these two, your options of what to do later on is much wider. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

Anyway, what do you guys think? Which one is better in your eyes?

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Really, what’s the point?

What’s the point of us attending lectures and gaining knowledge? Is it for the purpose of passing exams? Or is it because it might be useful for us in the real world?

Starting from a couple of days ago, the lecturer for one of my subjects in university will be spending the weeks up till the exam season preparing for that dreaded day. As a result, she will rob us of the time that could have been used to discuss case studies and learn about the real world.

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