As a first-year student he couldn’t offer much assistance in the field of dentistry, but instead provided social support to the children at the refugee camp, helping them with cooking, teaching English and facilitating sports and games.
The experience gave him a taste of what he could do and since then has been involved in several other volunteer projects in South Africa and Bangladesh.
"I never want to just stand by, I want to make a difference when I can. Each opportunity has been such an eye-opening, life-changing experience that I couldn't turn down," he said. "It was so humbling and gratifying to be part of these ventures."
Indeed, Matthew was recently selected as the recipient of the annual Aaron Gurmail Award. Nominated by his peers, Matthew sees it as a great honour to be recognised for the charity, volunteering and community work he has done.