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Celebrating Int'l Volunteers' Day

12-06-2011 08:41 BJT

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The second annual Volunteering Expo has been held at Beijing Normal University. The expo hopes to inspire more people to play their part in working towards China’s social development. It’s no coincidence that Sunday’s expo comes just ahead of International Volunteers’ Day.

Celebration, Inspiration and Action - The 2011 volunteering Expo saw debate over the opportunities and challenges of the voluntary sector, while also providing a forum for all manner of volunteer organizations to exhibit their programs.

The second annual Volunteering Expo has been held at Beijing Normal University.

2011 is the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, and is witnessing people from all around the globe joining forces to promote volunteerism.

The theme for the forum this year is Partnerships for Development, which is about inspiring cooperation among different volunteering organizations.

Simon Brown, general manager of Voluntary Service Overseas, said, “All of those organizations are going to make a tremendous volunteering platform for Chinese people to volunteer in China but also overseas from China.”

The second annual Volunteering Expo has been held at Beijing Normal University.

By the year 2015, it’s estimated that more than 40 million people in China will be regularly doing volunteer work. There are already more non-government volunteer organizations than ever before. One such group is Blue Sky Rescue Team. In April, two old men were lost for 3 days on Yunmeng Mountain, where families were worried so they called the group’s hotline.

Li Feng, Beijing Red Cross Blue Sky Rescue Team, said, “We sent 7 teams and searched 24 hours, finally we found the two old men were still alive. We were so pleased and this is our value.”

Rather than just showing their pity, people seek to contribute their intelligence, techniques and specialties. Volunteers from Beijing Normal University have been helping the blind masseurs once a week for several years.

Lin Xiao, a volunteer of Baige Youth Volunteers Assoc., said, “When we teach our blind friends English and computer skills they are very happy, and we feel the same way. They can learn something that they really need.”

Volunteering is an effective way to give people the opportunity to participate in building a better society.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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