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Awards festival in Moldova recognizes volunteers’ work
14 December 2005, 16:08
by Florin Turcanu

A member of the organization Motivatie (meaning 'motivation') receives the Organization of the Year 2005 award during the International Volunteer Day celebrations in Moldova in December 2005. Motivatie works for the welfare of people with physical disabilities. (Photo: Service for Peace, Moldova)A member of the organization Motivatie (meaning 'motivation') receives the Organization of the Year 2005 award during the International Volunteer Day celebrations in Moldova in December 2005. Motivatie works for the welfare of people with physical disabilities. (Photo: Service for Peace, Moldova)
Chisinau, Moldova: Thanks to efforts of the Service for Peace (SFP) Moldova, the National Commission for UNESCO and the General Directorate of Education, Science, Youth and Sport, the third edition of Volunteers Festival successfully evolved as a part of International Volunteer Day celebration on 4 December 2005.

The aim of the festival was to promote volunteering activities in Moldova as well as to publicly reward volunteers from different NGOs for their efforts. Another aim was to sensitise people about the importance of volunteering for social-economic development.

The festival itself was a good opportunity to present NGOs’ activities and achievements for the year 2005 at an exhibition organized on the occasion. Various artistic performances were also held which culminated in the graduation of most active volunteers and NGOs.

The Organization of the Year 2005 award, including 1,000 lei prize, went to the Association MOTIVAŢIE (Motivation), which works for social integration of children and youth with disabilities. The Association won the award after competing with 16 other organizations, many of them from the national level.

Elena Iaz was awarded a diploma for being the “Most Active Volunteer of the Year 2005” and a 750-lei prize, in the capacity of being the president of the Local Council for Children and Youth from Chisinau. She is also a volunteer for five other NGOs. She competed with 23 other volunteers from national and international organizations.

The “Best Essay Award” and a 500-lei prize went to Victoria Morozov for her essay on “The role of Volunteering Activities in Peace Culture Establishment”. She is a volunteer with the Save the Children and the National Scout Organization. Diplomas and special gifts were also handed out to the youngest volunteer and the oldest volunteer.

Volunteers from NGOs and youth from colleges and universities attended the event. They and other guests not only enjoyed the festivities but also participated in the celebrations, sharing and exchanging experiences, thus creating a nice and warm atmosphere.