Volunteerism need of the hour
A group of 150 participants from different fields to
The major initiative of International year of Volunteers the IYV+10
steering Committee, the Volunteer Forum commenced on Friday at the Galle
Face Hotel under the motto "Celebrating the Great Diversity of
Volunteers in Sri Lanka".
The event brought together around a group of 150 participants
including a range of stakeholders from the private sector, civil
society, youth organizations, academia and government, to network
inspire, to inspire and foster a national dialogue towards strengthening
the volunteerism spirit and actions in Sri Lanka.
The main goals of the event is to help the participants share best
practices and creative ideas that help all organizations, network with
other volunteer groups and organizations and to be inspired by speakers
with messages of personal involvement in social causes and messages of
recognition of the value added of volunteerism. The UN Resident
Representative Douglas Keh said that the V forum provides a powerful
impetus to a year of activities aiming at promoting volunteer ism in Sri
Lanka. "We look forward to all of the participants continued involvement
throughout the year" he said.
Social Services Minister Felix Perera said "at the core of every
unsuccessful government and political career volunteered service has to
be the driving force to achieve major change". He further said that
voluntarism is a core value that is a necessity to grow towards a
culture of honour. I have such people in my ministry.
Project Director training for trusteeship Weeramantry International
Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER) Neshan Gunesekara spoke
on the significance of volunteerisam in post conflict Sri Lanka with an
emphasis on the role of young leaders and highlighted the importance of
cross cultural understanding for inter communal harmony.
Sri Lanka Cricket Vice Captain Mahela Jayawardena had sent his
message in support of volunteerism saying it is the values of
volunteering that makes it so powerful and not money, it is not about
career and it is not about pleasure or power. It is about the genuine
desire to make a difference. It is about doing good.
The event was followed by a work shop on Millennium Development Goals
such as poverty, environment , health, education and gender which 191 UN
member states have agreed to achieve by the year 2015.