Skeet shooter Smit Singh is enjoying a break. He has switched off from the routine of firing round after round at the firing range. But he isn’t relaxing. Rather Smit is indulging in his other passion being a social activist.
Even when in school,Smit’s inclination was towards social work. He was a member of the social work society of Yadavindra Public School,Mohali. He spent a good deal of his time organising outdoor seminars,health camps and was involved in water conservation programmes.
Smit was president of the National Social Service Scheme (NSS) in his school. Talking about how social service helps him,Smit said: “This is my time off and I find it very satisfying to give something back to people who are less privileged. When I was in school,I handled two responsibilities president of NSS and also the member of the social work society. I was never into partying with friends. I preferred spending time with less fortunate people.” .
In his second year of college,Smit is now associated with two NGOs. “When I find time outside my training schedule,I get involved in NGO work. I would have loved to teach under-privileged children the basics of shooting but there are not enough facilities. I teach them life skills,including the importance of teamwork and discipline,” Smit said.
However,Smit’s most satisfying stint was in Khandwa,Madhya Pradesh. He was sent as a volunteer to be part of the Narmada Bachao Andolan. “It is an overwhelming experience. We used to talk to the tribals and try to understand their problems. We were asked to help them in every possible way.”
Smit also took part in the ‘International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal’.
These short and satisfying breaks help Smit recharge. “I still have another two weeks before camps start. Working with these NGOs has given me a lot of satisfaction.”