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Volunteers recognised

Torika Tokalau
Friday, December 06, 2013

International Volunteer Day in Fiji recognised and acknowledged the work of volunteers in nation building, community development and support.

The theme for the IVD 2013, Be Well, Volunteer Well, re-enforced volunteerism as key players to realising and actively promoting wellbeing among all Fijians.

Fiji marked IVD with a health walk and an awards night last night.

"This year's theme has been chosen as advocating for wellness to reflect the holistic approach of ensuring physical, mental, spiritual, social, occupational and environmental wellbeing in our country," IVD National Steering Committee chairman Neil Maharaj said.

"Volunteers are silent workers who contribute so much to the communities and economies for free.

"If we could put a monetary value to the work they do, it would be in millions."

Mr Maharaj said the objective was to highlight the contribution of volunteers on IVD through the Volunteer of the Year Awards, free health check-ups and a health walk event.

Volunteerism, he said, was a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it could transform the pace and nature of development.