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Harness the spirit of Olympic volunteerism as a force for development 
The Beijing 2008 volunteers logo. (Beijing 2008)
The United Nations in China and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) Volunteer Department hosted a high-level celebration on the eve of the opening of the 29th Olympiad to recognize the service of Beijing's volunteers both in preparations for the Games and contributing to development in China.  Visit site
More about: Advocacy  Culture & sports
Francophone volunteers among Chinese at the Olympics 
Lost in the mass of hundred thousand Chinese volunteers, a Beninese, a Canadian from Quebec and a French-speaking Uzbek give assistance to journalists, athletes and members of delegations on the Olympic sites. Read on the NouvelObs web site in French.   Visit site
Passing the torch, passing volunteerism 
David Brettel, director of the volunteer programme of the Sydney Organizing Committee for Olympic Games, sees that volunteerism has grown into a thriving tree in Beijing.  Visit site
Olympics push for volunteer service 
Many tangible results will remain after the Olympics, including the Volunteers' Square at the Olympic Park, the Beijing Voluntary Service Foundation, the volunteer service information system, voluntary service stations in city operations, the volunteer hotline, and volunteer service in public welfare projects.  Visit site
More about: Culture & sports
Trained volunteers disseminate mental health message in Sichuan 
In 2007, an AusAID-funded team of key mental health experts formulated a set of ten key messages to assist communities in China manage children's mental health post disaster. Teachers and community leaders trained when the messages were piloted are currently volunteering in Sichuan and are regarded as 'on-the-ground' experts in psychological first aid for children.  Visit site
WHO official praises volunteerism shown in China post-quake response 
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday praised China's health emergency response as "quick, effective and well organized" in the wake of the fatal earthquake that has killed nearly 70,000 people in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Dr Hans Troedsson, WHO's Representative in China was particularly impressed with the "high level of dedication and volunteerism of medical professionals."   Visit site
More about: Emergency relief
NGO, volunteers play big role in China quake relief 
An online video featuring UNV volunteer Liu Hui,  one of the two UNV volunteers that helped earthquake survivors in Mianyang, Sichuan. The online discussion focused on how non-government organization, including volunteers, can play a role in building better communities.  Visit site
More about: Emergency relief
Chinese volunteers reflect on a turbulent year 
China's devastating earthquake has sparked widespread volunteerism and a surge of patriotism among young people. Here is a selection of voices from China's "post-'80" generation on how this dramatic year has affected them.  Visit site
More about: Emergency relief
Earthquake Diary 
Caring for the millions of homeless after the Sichuan earthquake is an urgent priority for volunteers. (L. Liu/UNV)
On 12 May 2008 an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Sichuan province in south-western China. Volunteerism is critical to the relief efforts. Read UNV volunteer Liu Lei's diary of his work with the IFRC here.   Visit site
More about: Emergency relief  Refugees
Heroes as volunteers 
A newspaper editorial from China highlights the vital contribution of volunteerism in earthquake relief efforts. "They sometimes might appear less than organized. There even were pleas once for them to refrain from entering disaster zones on their own so that professional relief workers had their way. But we cannot afford to imagine what things would have been like were it not for the compassionate involvement of the now-omnipresent volunteers..."  Visit site
More about: Emergency relief  Refugees

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