Young people and volunteerism

SIXTY per cent of the volunteers in the Asia/Pacific region are young people.

These were the sentiments shared by the secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, while speaking at the inspiring voluntary humanitarian action in Pacific youth at the University of the South Pacific (USP) on Monday night.

Mr As Sy said in Fiji, youth between 15-35 years made 40 per cent Fiji’s population.

“Young people are the leaders of tomorrow. They play the role of actors today,” Mr As Sy said.

He said when it came to volunteerism, about 14-17 million volunteers were part of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

“In order to apply humanitarian action, we need show impartiality, be mutual and independent.

“We have to evaluate ourselves to do something which is extremely difficult,” he said.

He added that volunteerism was all about going deep inside of oneself, and applying it to our fellow humans.

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