05 December 2002
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) in Fiji today celebrated International Volunteer Day (IVD) under the theme, "Volunteers Across Cultures", by organizing free medical and business consultations for the public in the capital Suva.
Medical doctors, nurses and technicians as well as fishery and computer experts participated in the "time-donation" campaign. In addition, the Red Cross Mobile Bank Unit solicited blood donations cleared by the medical team and sold first aid kits.
"Volunteers play a significant role in the development process and the IVD provides the best opportunity to showcase the contributions of volunteers to society. Now is the chance that their voluntary actions be recognized by organizations and individual volunteers, working in partnership with one cause -- to make a better world through volunteerism," said Peter Witham, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in his speech during the celebration.
Local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Fiji Council of Social Services, Fiji Red Cross Society, Filipino Association in Fiji and the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement helped UNV coordinate the day’s activities.
Read the speech of UNDP Resident Representative Peter Witham (in PDF 20.3KB)