Birthday is usually a day to wine and dine with family, friends and associates but for Mr. Olumide Daramola, a social worker with Kids & Teens Resource Centre ( K&TRC), it was an opportunity to reach out to other social workers most especially men of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, team of Policemen at road junctions and other traffic wardens at major road junctions in Akure.
It was indeed a birthday celebration with a difference as his friends and associates accompanied him today to many road junctions to commend the efforts of traffic wardens and also to celebrate the day bearing gifts of bottled water, handkerchief, nose mask and non alcoholic drinks to encourage these men and women who tirelessly ensure safety on the roads.
Speaking on his choice of reaching out to social workers along major roads, Mr. Daramola said his commitment to serving the cause of humanity dates back to his 200 level days in the university gives back to the society.
In 2018, during my National Youth Service Corps, (NYSC); volunteering for seminars, conferences with NGOs and other organization is fulfilling.
This idea ”Hit the street” was birthed through the Springboard Initiative hub. This year, I just felt that nudge to do something different for my birthday this year hence, hit the street version in Akure.
For me, the idea of social work gives me so much joy. Aside helping me to build life skills, I get the chance to meet people I naturally may not have been able to meet and then I also get access to mentorship and life training. Nothing else gives me so much joy and rest of mind as volunteering.
There is this joy that spurs up in me whenever I am able to reach out to someone else. The act of giving out a sachet water means a lot to someone that really needs it. For me, happiness is expensive than money. Doing this is more fulfilling than taking me out on a treat to an eatery”, he further stressed just as he expressed optimism that as funds become more available, he intends to do more to appreciate and recognize the efforts of social workers most especially those who are not even being noticed for what they do for the society.
Most of the traffic officials on duty were shocked to have been remembered on such a wonderful occasion and while expressing their gratitude, thanked the celebrant for remembering them.