29 November 2007
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago:
Each year on 5 December, millions of volunteers all over the world unite to celebrate their contribution to development.
On 5 December 2007, in Trinidad and Tobago, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the designated international focal point for IVD, supports the volunteer activities of the following organizations: The International Federation of the Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Trinidad and Tobago Red Cross, the Network of NGOs for the Advancement of Women, the YMCA and the National Aids Coordination Committee.
For IVD, these organizations are joining hands to organize the Trinidad and Tobago Volunteer Fair. The event is hosted at the YMCA, Benbow Road, off Wrightson Road, Port Of Spain from 11 am to 3 pm, with the support of the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. The Volunteer Fair will be the common ground for UNV volunteers and NGOs in Trinidad and Tobago to join hands and walk together.
The opening ceremony features key speakers from the UN and civil society and a new song from 3Canal. Awareness activities which run throughout the day will fall under the umbrella topic of Volunteering for development and focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, disaster preparedness, road safety. Anybody interested in volunteering in their communities will be able to have more information on the distinctive contributions of volunteering for development (V4D).
During the fair there will also be documentaries, music and food from 26 different countries. In 1985, the United Nations General Assembly designated 5 December as an annual celebration of voluntary action by people, communities and governments of the world. International Volunteer Day
(IVD) is for volunteers of all walk of life working in communities around the globe.