This post is part of a series of articles that highlight Microsoft employees in Asia who are creating a positive impact in their local community, and inspiring others along the way.
If you visit the Amsa Rehabilitation Centre in South Korea on a weekend, there is a good chance you will bump into Neung-Seon Shin. Every first Saturday of the month, the Account Technology Strategist from Microsoft’s Enterprise and Partners Group can be found at the centre caring for children with special needs.
This is just one of the many volunteer activities Neung-Seon enjoys participating in with his volunteer club ‘Together’, formed in 2002 when a number of like-minded Microsoft Korea employees decided to participate in charity events as a group. Today, the club has over 70 members and plays an active role in volunteering.
“I started volunteering because of Together, and it was the former leader of the club, Chang-Min Park, who inspired me to join them. He was a leader who invested a lot of time and energy into Together’s projects, and I was moved and motivated by the sincerity in his efforts,” said Neung Sun, who is the current club leader.
In addition to volunteering, Neung-Seon loves video games and shares this passion through his charity work. He uses the game ‘Your Shape: Fitness Evolved’ on the Xbox360 gaming console to conduct easy exercise sessions for the children at the Amsa Rehabilitation Centre.
“I enjoy helping others, and having the opportunity to bring together volunteering and my love for gaming really provides a new sense of fulfilment for me personally. Now, the children and I are always looking forward to working out together,” he said.
Outside of the rehabilitation centre, Neung-Seon also volunteers at the regular spring picnics for mentally disabled children and Microsoft charity events such as ‘Wish Card’ and the ‘Giving Match’ fundraiser. He even once played Santa Claus for the ‘Wish Card’ initiative, encouraging Microsoft employees to grant the wishes of disadvantaged children, the disabled and elderly.
Despite his numerous contributions, the humble Neung-Seon claims his efforts are nothing special. He said, “People have the misconception that it takes a grand gesture or even material affluence to be able to volunteer. I believe even a small, simple act of kindness or a smile can be just as meaningful to the beneficiaries.”