Jessica is a secondary school student studying in Jakarta Nanyang School, Tangerang, Indonesia. After completing her Bronze Award, she continued on to Silver level to help her stand out more in University applications, but ended up discovering her potential in fundraising – raising donations to help struggling healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 global pandemic as her Voluntary Service section activity.

As the number of active cases continues to rise in Indonesia, a lockdown is imposed effective immediately to prevent further outbreak. This affects countless Indonesians, Jessica and her sister Jennifer included, where they had to find alternatives to finish their Award activities.

Relying on online tools became the backbone of continuing her Award journey. From switching from Volleyball to home fitness routine, social club management to baking skills in the kitchen, and face-to-face fundraising to a long distance one.

Echoing the government’s public campaign of recognizing and appreciating local healthcare professionals, Jessica focused her fundraising towards said local heroes, as she carved digital illustrations in exchange for donation. The funds collected will go towards food, Hazmat suits, masks, and other necessities desperately needed by the healthcare workers.

Along with her sister who is also doing her Award activities, Jessica utilised social media platform to further her goals, under the Instagram handle, where she promoted her unique fundraising and was able to raise around 10,000,000 IDR within 3 months.

“My sister and I successfully reached out goal of raising a fund of over Rp.10.000.000 to help fight against Covid19 in Indonesia, supporting healthcare workers with APDs, food, and other necessities by giving a custom digital illustration in exchange of their donations to the cause.

Through Voluntary Service section of her Award, Jessica felt that the activity has helped her overcome personal challenges during the quarantine:
  • Challenges young people to break free from comfort zones and stay committed

“During this quarantine period, it has been more difficult to stay focused and be productive. As a result, I was in a slump at the beginning, but I forced myself to do more than just be lazy at home.

I like how the Award pushes us out of our comfort zones, and how it teaches us useful life skills such as teamwork and commitment.”

  • Being resourceful during challenging times

I found solutions to help continue my Award by turning to digital and online activities, which can be done remotely

  • Encouraging young people to contribute towards their community

The Award has inspired many to help the community and has kept us in touch with each other during this period of social distancing.

Jennifer Tan is a Silver Award participant studying in Jakarta Nanyang School, Indonesia. She worked together with her sister – a fellow Silver Award participant, to help raise money for COVID-19 relief by creating digital illustrations in exchange for donations. Both sisters have raised over 10,000,000 IDR within 3 months.

March 2020 was when Indonesia first imposed lockdown and quarantine. Jennifer and her sister Jessica had to adjust to distance learning as well as figuring alternatives to complete their Award journey.

It was easy to slip back and postpone all Award activities during these times, but Jennifer pushed herself to commit, and realize that there are activities that can be done with the help of online tools.

“With less human interactions that we have (during the quarantine) it is also harder to study at home because it is easier to lose focus. At the same time, it also makes me realize to appreciate what I have and that I have to be more disciplined.”

“The Award gives me opportunities to learn and new things and help people in the process”, and true to her words, Jennifer and her sister was able to raise over 10,000,000 IDR through her social media, drawing digital illustration in exchange for donations. The proceeds would go towards helping healthcare workers purchase hazmat suits, masks, gloves, and other supplies needed in treating those who are affected.

Jennifer considers the Award as a beneficial program to improve herself and her community especially during COVID-19:
  • Staying productive

“I am now more productive at home. Turns out there are activities at home that I can do and can help me complete my Award journey.”

  • Creative at giving back to the community

“I can pursue my hobby and even integrate it into my Voluntary Service – drawing illustrations for those that donated to the fundraising effort.”

  • Realising you are more than what you think

“It enables me to push myself and achieve things I wouldn’t expect to before joining this Award.”