IIMSAM Official Dr. Naseer Homoud Observed International Volunteer Day
IIMSAM Middle East Director & Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Naseer Homoud's message on International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. Dr. Naseer Homoud described voluntarism as an important tool for attainment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.
On the occasion of marking the International Volunteer Day the Goodwill Ambassador stated “When we speak about voluntary work we are describing the efforts of millions of people around the world that due to their own will and driven by solidarity, decide to offer part of their time for the benefit of others and not receiving payments or any consideration in exchange. This day is a time to recognize the invaluable contribution that volunteerism and volunteers provide to peace and development. It is also an opportunity to create awareness and advocate the practice of volunteerism to all people.” Appreciating the works of volunteers all across the globe Dr. Homoud said “I have nothing but greater respect for all those who engage themselves in voluntary works.” Dr. Homoud asserted that the pool of human resources, diverse skills and experience which become available through volunteer service will help to bridge critical resource gaps needed to accomplish the MDGs. “Over and above the attributes of unconditional support, integrity and purpose, which come with volunteer work facilitate the spirit of mutual responsibility, which is at the very core of MDGs and this International Day provides us an opportunity, irrespective of our age, race, gender, culture and professional background to renew the voluntary spirit, which is inborn in all of us,” said Dr. Homoud.
The Goodwill Ambassador further urged governments, stakeholders and individuals to realize the importance of voluntarism. He added that it is a fact that voluntarism is not recognized at many levels as an effective tool for welfare and community tasks. “The nature and role of a volunteer stands for change in their operations depending on circumstances, but the underlying principle is always the same- every human being can make a difference,” Dr. Homoud added.
Dr. Homoud said that voluntarism not only helps society at large but also helps personal development. Some research shows that volunteering – or offering to perform charitable or helpful work, without receiving payment is beneficial for a person’s health and wellness. “The experience of serving others, through volunteerism, has provided many individuals with a sense of fulfillment, value and purpose in their lives. More often than not, the opportunity has led to higher levels of self-awareness and growth in areas never previously experienced,” said Dr. Homoud.
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