What did you realise from all that?
I realised that it wasn’t because I didn’t care, but because I felt alone. I felt like the amount of effort I put in would not amount to much.
However, by putting ourselves out there, organising this project, and seeing so many strangers turn up, made me realise that many people do care. at transformed me as a person.
Rather than trying to do everything on my own, I found that there are people willing to help me out. It was thanks to these two realisations that I set out to continue EPIC, making it a platform to allow other people to have the similar experience as I did. it.
What do you want to achieve out of EPIC?
Our vision is to create an inclusive world full of response-able people, driven by the heart of service. Our society makes it easy for us to put blame on others. With that mindset, it creates a diffusion of responsibility and a lack of action.
I want people to realise that we can do a lot more than we think we can to change the environment that we live in. The idea behind EPIC is to really create a world, where people would look at the issue on hand and say, “What can we do about it?”
What actions are you taking as you pave your path forward?
By being response-able, we’re hoping that people will take the initiative and have the ability to respond to the challenges they face.
It’s a culture that we at EPIC are trying to create. A lot of people think EPIC is all about helping the poor. Actually, the impact goes both ways because it not only helps the underprivileged but also the privileged to be more empathetic.
If you could change the world, what aspect of it would you change and how would you do it?
This is quite cliché... but I believe at the end of the day it’s about constantly improving myself and believing that whatever resources – channels, networks, scope of influence – that’s been given to me will be able to amplify the person that I am to help influence others to change for the better.
Styling: Jeffrey Yan
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Hair: Cody Chua
This article is originally published in our L'Officiel Malaysia May 2017 print edition.
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