This Week's Comment from Network 7 News 

Edition 362 – June 5 2004.  

 This weeks  was written by AWR's  English Language Service Volunteer Producer, Ariel McLeggon.  The full programme can be heard in Real Audio on our web-site.

Thirst Quenchers

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Quite frankly, I’m tired of it! All these different types of water have got to go!  If there’s one thing I remember from chemistry: 2 hydrogen + 1 oxygen makes 1 water molecule.

Last week, I was walking in the town center with a friend of mine, we had taken a leisurely stroll in, and after some window shopping, we intended to get some groceries. She needed to stop at the bank first, and I told her I would catch up. I was extremely thirsty due to the unusually hot day, and decided to stop in a very small kiosk on the High street.

There, I was bombarded by several drink options—now, that’s not abnormal--but over the last year, I’ve become a water drinker. That’s right—at parties I skip the punch, and at potlucks, I bypass the Kool-aid drinks.  Generally, I even skip the juices—as many of them are concentrated or sugar filled anyway.

But at this little Kiosk, there were mineral waters, waters with gas, still waters, fruit flavoured waters, and vitamin waters—from all the brand names I could think of.

Not to mention they came in every style of bottle with their specialized tops.

 So….Welcome to the valley of indecision. Fed up at the end, I picked up a cherry 7 up—and upon the first gulp, remembered why I stopped drinking sodas.  Now, I’m not so picky with what I drink.  Perhaps you’ve heard Jason’s story. Jason wouldn’t drink water anywhere! Not from the tap nor bottles. The only water Jason would drink was from a stream—and that only happened when Jason’s owner, Bill, went camping.  You see, Jason is a dog who doesn’t like city water. And Bill the owner, created a specialized bottled water for pets—which is—believe it or not-- now available in Beef and Chicken flavours.  Ridiculous? Ingenious? Thoughtful?  I’ll let you be the judge of that one.  But, all in all, Bill did meet Jason’s need for a thirst quencher.

Now, in a seemingly unrelated topic, this week is Volunteer week here in the UK. It actually took me by surprise as I was watching Television yesterday—mostly because in all the time I’ve volunteered, I’ve never heard much broadcasted about volunteer week at all. So naturally I tuned in on the daytime news show.

The anchor hosts were interviewing Ryan Thomas, a 19 year old  television star who spends one day a week  serving tea to local hospital outpatients. He’s another thirst quencher.  When he was asked why he does it, he said,

"When you are a volunteer, you get a buzz knowing that your time is making a difference… For young people volunteering is a great way of learning new skills and getting work experience, both of which can help you to find your dream job or even change career direction. On the fun side, you get to meet lots of new people and have new experiences.

Anyone can be a volunteer, it doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live or what you do." 

I really couldn’t agree more with Ryan’s statement. Everywhere I’ve volunteered I’ve learned valuable insights or useful people skills which, if they haven’t already helped me, they’re likely to do so in the future. Business skills, leadership roles, kitchen help, filing and secretarial organisational skills, patience and creativity with children, and technical skills are just some areas in which I’ve personally improved.  And that list will grow as I continue to volunteer.

 In fact, I believe it is part of our duty as Christians, to volunteer.  One of the best investments you can offer to a person or project is your time.

 The Bible says: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:8-11)

 Many people have a need to be met, a thirst to be quenched.  So, go on and volunteer— expand your mind! Broaden your horizons. Who knows? Maybe you’re just the right thirst quencher for the job.


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