Lawrence Li Tan: In a society that needs more compassion, being a ‘Yellow Man’ might be the best thing you can be

It feels ultimately great to give back to your community and spread kindness. Giving back to the community doesn’t have to be elaborate. An easy way to give back to your community could be volunteering at your local community. It’s incredibly fulfilling to be a creator of something and help others while giving back to the community. Your support to your community would mean that you can spend more time creating, lifting up those who need it.

Love, care, loyalty- it all starts at home, with the family. We need to grow in the cultivated habitus of love, which starts with the very particular setting of the family, and then proceed to grow in love for neighborhood, community, nation and then finally, the world.

JCI Makati and award winning entrepreneur, Lawrence Li Tan conceptualized “Yellow Man.”

Yellow Man has been on the streets and sharing blessings from Lawrence’s own pocket and his supporters since March 28, 2020.  Reaching out for the indigent and less fortunate communities who needed help. When the ECQ was re-imposed in the entire Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Rizal last March 17, 2021 putting Luzon under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the impact of restrictions was more difficult for the majority of the general population. The imposition of ECQ was then extended until April 20,2021 but Yellow Man, with the heart of gold, launches a series of gift giving to the people.

Lawrence Li Tan

The impact of quarantine on our communities has been massive. Since the beginning of lockdown in March ‘20 we have been documenting the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country. Being in a pandemic has hit students hard as they face uncertainty about their future. We’re experiencing a business tsunami. Seeing entrepreneurs closing their business due to the pandemic has been heart-wrenching. More and more people are losing their jobs. As a result more and more families starve everyday while the others were forced to live on the streets with no food and money.

Yellow Man under the 2021 JCI Makati President, and award winning entrepreneur, Lawrence who just want to put smile on the faces of the people on the streets and instill hope in their hearts when the act of kindness reaches them. Yellow Man’s primary goal is to let these people know that they are never forgotten even if they are in a society that is bombarded by the difficult situations brought by COVID-19 pandemic.

“Compassion runs in my blood. Regardless if I am alone or with an organization or my team. I will still do what feels right especially upon seeing a lot of homeless Filipinos during pandemic” ~~ LLT

The front liners especially those who are involved in deliveries of food, courier, security guards, policemen were also part of Yellow Man’s daily act of kindness. They also stop by to give them food packs or burger meals whenever they see these front liners along the way.

Yellow Man also visited the children in Sisters of Mary School in Silang Cavite to give sports equipment that the in-house 2,000 boys can use during their idle time. This act of Yellow Man helped these young boys to develop their social and psychomotor skills that gears them to be balanced young men of this society.

Yellow Man is a symbolic project of JCI Makati representing compassion on humanity amidst the danger of this pandemic. Yellow Man roams the streets of Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna for more than a month to provide hot meals and food packs to street dwellers. It was then that JCI Makati brothers learned the plight of these people, which encouraged them more to do better in doing projects that will have long-term impact on the community that they serve as well as help the country lift itself to economic recovery.

Yellow Men of JCI Makati traverse the streets clad in citrus yellow PPE, has been the uniform of kindness for JCI Makati brothers. Each go out on their own individual capacity to help hidden in the happy yellow suit, not wanting to be identified, because they believe that kindness should be freely given and no expectation must be attached to it.

This project brought so much appreciation from the other chapters of JCI Philippines, that others followed their own version of yellow man campaign.

As rainy season starts, Yellow Man will continue its purpose in giving hot meals and clothes fit for rainy days to the street dwellers. Small as it may be, but little act of kindness like what Yellow Man is doing makes a big difference in the lives of the people who are on the streets.

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