10 December 2012

Tunisia: Volunteers Honored for a Year of Vital Service in Tunisia

press release

The Tunisian Red Crescent celebrated along with the rest of international organizations the International Volunteer Day with the theme of promoting safer and easier volunteering in coordination with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee for the Red Cross.

On this occasion, the Tunisian Red Crescent organized a campaign from December 5 till December 9, 2012 in Tunisia and Sfax. The campaign included many activities with the purpose of defining and promoting volunteering, recruiting volunteers and acknowledge their efforts alongside other promotional campaigns.

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is the biggest volunteer-based humanitarian movement in the world, and the Tunisian Red Crescent, as part of this movement and a supporter of public authorities derives its power from volunteers as a basis for humanitarian work and an economic value for the country.

And for the first time in Tunisia, International Volunteering Day gathers United Nations Agencies, civil society and national organizations: United Nations Development Program UNDP, France Volontaire, Japanese Agency for Technical Cooperation and the National Youth Observatory, all active in the field of volunteer service to celebrate together their commitment to contribute to national development.

The campaign was launched at the Alhabib Bourkiba Street. A press seminar announced the campaign with the presence of the IFRC's Director of the MENA zone, and included an award for a female and male volunteer who exemplified the spirit of volunteerism over 2012. It was followed by training workshops in all the branches of the Tunisian Red Crescent to recruit volunteers and support the organization's vital work.

The recreational and awareness activities continued for days and, on 8-9 December moved to the city of Sfax. The campaign also included field visits to the civil society organizations and concluded with a fundraising event for the Tunisian Red Crescent.

Dr. Taher Chniti, the president of the Tunisian Red Crescent, said that International Volunteering Day provided a great opportunity to commend volunteers on their work during the year. "We shall call upon governments to do their best to protect volunteers during their field work and facilitate their interference in national development activities," he said. "Volunteering represents a fundamental principle that sets us apart."

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world's largest humanitarian organization, with 187 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.

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