03 February 2009
The services of senior volunteers were honoured at a function to observe International Volunteer Day, held at Federation House. The Secretary General of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) was the chief guest.
The organizing committee has celebrated the day since 1998 and awarded shields of honour to 150 selected veteran volunteers. There were 15 more added to this roll of honour in 2008, raising the numbers to 165. A book - Who’s Who of Volunteers in Sindh – was also launched.
Ms. Shireen Rehmatullah, S.M. Munir, Sister Ruth, Simi Sadaf Kamal, Tariq Shafi, Dr. Herchand Rai, Agha Noor Naz, Bhatti Abdul Sattar, Choudhry Saeed Iqbal, Dewan Peer Muhammad, Faqir Muqeem, Farzana Rehman, Khawaja Natha Khan, Hamid A. Maker, Otho Mir Muhammad were among the recipients of the shields.
Chief guest Siddique Shaikh of FPCCI’s Standing Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility said on the occasion that it is incorrect that the services of volunteers are not recognized. This function has proved that there are people who honour volunteers. He offered full cooperation from the FPCCI’s Standing Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility. He said the committee is helping the volunteers in rendering their services. Federation would assist the volunteers financially.
The chief guest said that it is the social duty of affluent people to help the poor. He paid rich tribute and lauded the efforts of the veteran volunteers to relieve fellow beings from their sufferings. He also assured the organizing committee would support this noble cause in the future too.
Chief organizer Abdul Rahim Moosvi in his welcome address explained the objectives of the celebration of the Day and briefly narrated the history of social welfare in the country with special reference to the province of Sindh. According to him, this land is very fertile in volunteerism. A large number of volunteers rendered their selfless services with devotion in the past in the field of education and health and to alleviate poverty with the purpose to change the destiny of disadvantaged and marginalized people. Nowadays volunteers individually and through Civil Society Organizations are performing this sacred duty.
Mrs. Sabiha Shah very nicely and confidently performed as compère. Mohsin Ali of the Rotary Club gave his appreciation of the role of volunteers and said that his organization is rendering services in the interior of Sindh.
The website of the International Volunteer Day Who’s Who was also launched. Shabbir Shah launched the website and explained to the audience various sections of the website and its contents. The website’s address is: www.internationalvolunteersday.com