(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Riyadh: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) participated in the 3rd Gulf Forum for Voluntary Work organized by the General -Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC).
The event was held in cooperation with the Saudi Red Crescent Authority under the theme of 'Volunteering is life', and it lasted for two days in Riyadh.
Coinciding with the International Volunteer Day which is organized on December 5 each year, the event saw the participation of leaders and representatives of volunteering, red crescent organizations and societies in GCC states during which the forum had paid tribute to a host of volunteers in Red Crescent organizations and societies in GCC states, including three volunteers from QRCS.
During the forum's event, Coordinator of Volunteer Relations in QRCS Karim Younes discussed their efforts during the response to COVID-19 pandemic along with their contributions in organizing the events associated with Arab world cup in Qatar and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The forum is held for the first time based on the proposal submitted by the State of Qatar that was officially adopted in the meeting of the Committee of Their Excellencies Heads of Red Crescent Societies and bodies in GCC convened in 2017 in implementation of their decision made in their 18th meeting last June.
The attendees of the forum extended their thanks to Qatar for its initiative and invitation to hold the 4th Gulf Forum for Voluntary Work in Doha in conjunction with Horticultural Expo 'Doha Expo 2023'.
Sheikha Maryam Al-Thani, one of the volunteers at QRCS who was honored during the forum, said that such tribute is a major assignment and responsibility, pointing out that her volunteer since the spread of COVID-19 pandemic was intended to serve the country, adding that she is fully ready to sacrifice for the sake of serving the humanity and offer the best volunteering services.
Such tribute constitutes the next stage which is fraught with challenges and assiduous works before being a leader in volunteering operations, and it is a responsibility that would upgrade the capabilities and enable them to have a blueprint in developing the volunteering system and transfer the experience to the next generations in recognition of this gratitude, Sheikha Maryam Al-Thani said.
For her part, Aisha Al Emadi, a volunteer who was also honored, said that she is pleased to participate in the forum which is a good indicative of the fact that volunteering culture has become pervasive in the civilized communities, pointing out that a community without volunteering is a community without civilization.
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