Monday, 6 July 2015

Volunteering at the Shaolin Temple

Volunteers are often misunderstood and labelled as "do gooders", yet nothing could be further than the truth. Volunteering is about giving up time with the understanding that the only things one receives in return is a huge amount of self-worth and respect. The Shaolin Temple Cheshunt has seen many people volunteer their support. You may have walked past the Temple, you may have even popped in, but if you took the time to find out, you will discover that over the last six years the Temple has changed beyond believe. The Temple was the vision and dream of a young child which has become a reality. That child is now the Senior Coach at the Temple, Matthew Ahmet. He describes the Temple as the equivalent to a box of Lego, of course, much bigger! He has worked tirelessly to make sure that the Shaolin Temple Cheshunt resembles the outline of a Temple you would find in China. The gates are positioned so that when they are opened or stay closed, there is symmetry. The court yard is enveloped by three buildings one to the left, one to the right and the main training hall ahead. 
Volunteers of all ages have entered the gates - whether it is help with painting or to print t-shirts, at the end of the day, everyone feels a sense of accomplishment, a sense of community. With smiles on their faces, the volunteers know they have contributed to something worthwhile and a place that gives those who visit, a great deal of pleasure.
Thank you to all the volunteers, you time and support is very much appreciated.

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