When Christopher Lim Geok Meng, ChFC, CLU, is asked to recall some memories about his work with the MDRT Foundation, a lot comes to mind for the 27-year MDRT member from Singapore:
- Converting many members to donors, then volunteers, and even friends while volunteering at the MDRT Foundation booth
- Participating in the Give Kids the World Village service project in Orlando, Florida, where names of children were written on stars that covered the entire ceiling
- Working with about 100 members and local volunteers to build a playground in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, spending hours collaborating on a cold, rainy day, with not a complaint to be heard
- Five-person teams working side by side on productions lines in a Vancouver convention hall, packing cartons for the Million Meal Challenge
In fact, Lim has been giving back to MDRT since his first Annual Meeting in 1992, when he saw the value of volunteering for PGA duties and was impressed by member contributions at the MDRT Foundation booth. Since then, he has been a Gold Knight contributor and served as a member of the MDRT Foundation Global Engagement Committee. He has also helped raise funds for MDRT Gives Day.
“Participating in MDRT Gives Day in 2017 was an unforgettable experience for me,” Lim said. “The generosity of Jennifer A. Borislow, CLU, a 30-year MDRT member from Methuen, Massachusetts, and Joe Jordan donating seed money to the fundraisers moved me. It really helped kick-start our journey of asking for donations.”
This commitment to charity extends beyond MDRT as well for Lim, who has made a monthly pledge to the Community Chest of Singapore since the beginning of his career. In addition, he provides financial support through his company to charities helping children with cancer and developmental disabilities, also spending time with kids as they flew kites during the annual Singapore Kite Festival. At his church, he helps run a family service center as well.
“Charity begins from the heart. When I see someone happy, I am happy too,” Lim said.
Moving forward, Lim hopes to participate in an MDRT Foundation service project in Singapore if one can be organized, and to invite more MDRT members to be friends of the MDRT Foundation. He also hopes more members can contribute to the MDRT Foundation.
“The MDRT Foundation is growing,” Lim said. “I hope to grow with it as well.”