Egypt marks International Volunteer Day

18-12-2017 09:43 PM

Mary Fikry Antoun Milad

The United Nations Volunteers in Egypt have collaborated with the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) in a three-day event from 5 to 7 December to highlight how #VolunteersActFirst supports communities and works to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under-Secretary General of ERC, Nehal Hefny, joined UN Resident Coordinator Richard Dictus in launching the event at ERC Cairo headquarters. The launching was followed by two days of action promoting volunteerism and providing first aid training in various locations around Cairo. A double-decker bus decorated with the slogan “Volunteers Act First” worked as a prime symbol for the event and as it carried ERC and UN Volunteers to locations, raising awareness and interest in the volunteerism among Cairenes.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Executive Coordinator, Olivier Adam, said: “Here and everywhere, volunteers help prevent the worst effects of crises, bringing much-needed relief to those who suffer most. On International Volunteer Day, let us recognise the relentless efforts of volunteers who answer calls in times of need, for the common dignity of all”.

Watani International

18 December 2017

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