by Ousman A. Marong
The United Nations (UN) Agency in The Gambia on Tuesday, 5th December, 2018 commemorated the International Volunteers Day at the UN head office in Bakau. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Volunteers build reliance communities”.
December 5th, is a day set aside by the United Nations since 1985 to celebrate the power and potentials of voluntarism across the world, and in The Gambia, the UN has marked the day with a symposium and presentation of certificates to individuals and organisations for their selfless services to humanity.
In her opening remarks, the UN volunteers representative Mrs. Bintou Mahfous Hydara, said over nine million volunteers are engaged in humanitarian relief services across the globe and are preventing disaters in vulnerable communities. She underscored the importance of the selfless services undertaken by volunteers in The Gambia, sighting environmental proctection activities in communities as part of the commemoration. She revealed that they do have radio talk shows on the dangers of drug trafficking and irregulation migration.
Addressing the gathering on behalf of the UN resident coordinator, the UNICEF representative in The Gambia, Madam Sandra Latof, highlighted the enormous efforts of volunteers towards meeting the successful development goals. While dilatating on the theme, Madam Latof said one billion volunteers are participating under the UN programme that contributes to peace and development in communities around the world.
The chairperson of the National Volunteers Network The Gambia, Ahmed Salim, emphasized the importance of voluntarism, saying their services are not financially rewarding.
Abdoulie Singhateh and Ada Bojang, recipients of certificates for their invaluable support, expressed delight at the recognition and called for more commitment towards national development.