Building National Character of Generosity

According to businessman Heppy Trenggono, Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s role is not only to deliver assistance, but also to build the nation’s character.

Illustration. West Jakarta MRI volunteer giving the Waqf Rice to Sutrisno, a resident of Kampung Bulak, Kalideres District, West Jakarta, who lives in a shack without electricity. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – To businessman Heppy Trenggono, Aksi Cepat Tanggap is plays a role in building the character of the nation. According to Heppy, ACT not only distributes donations from the community, but also invites people to donate, and give alms.

"All that is only owned by people with rich character. Giving alms, waqf, and other donations aren’t about giving from the rich to the poor, but from those who want to give to the needy. Even those who don’t have much can still give. This is what we call a character,” said Heppy after the National Discussion titled Waqf: Energy and Food Sovereignty in late October. Therefore, Heppy continued, ACT’s existence is not only to deliver assistance, but also to shape the characteristic of a generous nation.

An example of such generous characteristic was reflected by Sutrisno, a resident of Kampung Bulak, Kalideres District, West Jakarta. He never gives up on life. For Sutrisno, each of us must be beneficial while we are alive. Despite his own poverty, he allots some of his own wealth to be donated to the poor and to mosques.

Chairman Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Supervisory Board Ahyudin (left) giving a souvenir to Heppy Trenggono for becoming a speaker of the National Discussion. (ACTNews / Gina Mardani)

"I may live up to ten years from now, but what if I don’t?” asked Sutrisno rhetorically when asked about why he regularly donates to others despite his own poverty.

In Bandung, students from the State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Gunung Djati worked together to collect food aid for people in need. "We know that Covid-19 affects the health and economy of the people, so we want to do small things to support the people in our local environment through the Food Alms Gathering Movement,” said Anggi Agum Gumelar, President of the UIN English Language Education Student Association.

ACT has launched several initiatives to trigger these generosity movements, one of which is the Bangkit Bangsaku Movement that was launched in September. "The involvement of all elements of society should make the problems insignificant and easily solvable. Insha Allah, this joint effort will make our steps easy,"said Ahyudin during the declaration of Bangkit Bangsaku Movement, Wednesday (9/30). []