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Indians join Hands to Celebrate the Spirit of Volunteerism

October 10, 2012 - New Delhi, Delhi, India

“Count Me In”, India@75’s national volunteering call-to-action, to declare October 2nd as the National Volunteering Week, kicked off with great enthusiasm as Indians across the country used the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, to count themselves in and spark the spirit of volunteerism in India through the first two weeks. The series of events were realised at various places in India.

The events included a National Volunteers Meet organized by the Rural Development Organization India in Tamil Nadu, Youth Empowerment session by AIESEC in Chennai, Jaipur, Ghaziabad & Hyderabad, Run for the Nation organized by Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force flagged by Salman Khan in Delhi, HIV testing camp followed by awareness program and disable assessment and rehabilitation camp by Ardar in Vishakapatnam, Leadership, Community Interaction Session and Sensitization Walk by Aman Biradri in New Delhi, Ideas Exchange-4: Skill-based Volunteering and Pro-Bono Potential of Young India by India@75 at The Tea Room Co. in NCR, Heritage Series 2012 by SPIC MACAY in Hyderabad; Ideas Exchange-1 with Health Practioners By - India@75-Indian Public Health Association in Delhi that will allow practioners and citizens to pro-actively discuss how they can work together to help India achieve its vision on Healthcare; A number of children at the Kashmiri gate and Jama Masjid localities saw a team of doctors from All India Institute of Medical Sciences cut through the usual abated evening and interacted with them. The scenes were symbolised by events in Delhi NCR which saw the participation of children, doctors and other volunteers from all walks of life.

Dr. Giridar from AIIMS when asked about the initiative said “There is much that needs to be done in order to bring about a real inclusive development in India, all it requires is a positive change in our general behaviour in terms of empathy and the pertinent introductions at policy level keeping in mind the localities being targeted.”

The umbrella message that linked all of these actions was the request of declaring October 2nd as India’s National Volunteering Day for which a petition has been signed by eminent personalities like Mr. Adi Godrej, Chairman, India@75 Foundation, Mr. Arun Maira, Member Planning Commission of India, Ms. Anu Aga, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Dr Bimal Jalan, Former Governor RBI, Mr. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co Chairman Infosys, Dr. R Mashelkar, Former President, Indian National Science Academy, Mr. Tarun Das, Former Chief Mentor CII, Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General CII, Mr. Rajan Navani, Chairman National Committee India@75, Ms. Bhairavi Jani, Executive Director, India@75.

According to Ms. Bhairavi jani, Executive Director, India@75 “If we realise the significance of our abilities and use them to help those who are not so privileged, we can create new volunteering trends and raise the bar of volunteerism in India. It is the potential of the human capital of India that needs to be unleashed to realise the dream of a sustainable, inclusive and developed India”

This initiative is being driven by India@75, an initiative of CII for realizing the dream of an inclusive, sustainable and developed India by the year 2022, when India completes 75 years of Independence. ‘Count Me In’ is a call to action to the citizens of India to come together and volunteer across the nation in small and large measure. It is an appeal and invitation to all Indians to practice, share, advocate, support and celebrate the spirit of volunteerism.

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Indian Leaders sign the petition to declare October 2nd as the National Volunteering Day

Source: Business Wire India


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