It is amazing to see how the two magic words — ‘Thank you’ — can brighten a person when his work is acknowledged. And the delight is even more significant when he least expects it, says DRR Udhayakumar Srinivasan, RI District 3231.
His district’s Rotaractors are acknowledging and appreciating services rendered by various people in the community through ‘Thank you’ notes. “We first began this good act with our parents,” he says. Around 200 Rotaractors are still continuing the act, some of them even designing their own personalised cards, and spreading positive cheer among service providers such as drivers, sanitary workers, vendors, waiters, cooks, traffic police and doctors.
Such simple notes make a huge difference not only among the receivers but also the Rotaractors. “By giving the appreciation note, we realise the service each of these people do for our comfort and well-being. This project is really special to me because it gave me a chance to appreciate my father as well for his service as an ambulance driver for the past 15 years,” observes Rotaractor Jayapriya.
Jayashree P, another Rotaract member, says that it was “an awesome experience because I saw many happy smiles and warm hearts. I cannot ever forget the incredulous look on the faces of the garbage collector and fruit vendor when I gave them the card. All sorts of emotions played on their faces.”