COVID-19 pandemic has been prevailing worldwide with the deadly threat for many months now. Many unsung heroes have helped humankind fight against coronavirus in various ways regardless of any promise or any reward. In Bangladesh and all over the globe, volunteers from across the country have been working tirelessly to help people during these difficult crises, at times jeopardising their lives but uplifting courage for humanity.
Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Department of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNV Bangladesh and WaterAid to felicitate the of volunteers’ unfettered support in times of need to the nation and people has launched IVD Bangladesh Volunteer Award 2020 initiative.
The 5th of December is celebrated as International Volunteer Day (IVD) around the world to promote and support the spirit of volunteering. In observation of the day, the IVD Bangladesh Volunteer Award 2020 will acknowledge 15 of the country’s most dedicated and hardworking volunteers. The theme of the award initiative is “Volunteer for COVID-19 Response and Recovery”. The initiators have asked for applications from enthusiastic volunteers with a detailed guideline to evaluate their potential.
Mr. Md Tazul Islam, MP, Honorable Minister, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives said, ‘Over the years, volunteers have been playing an important role over socio-economic development for the country. During Covid-19 pandemic, thousands of volunteers came forward to support the country. This is important to recognize the untiring efforts of our great volunteers’
Mr. Md. Zahid Ahsan Russel, Honorable State Minister, Ministry of Youth and Sports said, ‘Youth volunteers played a great role during the pandemic and they deserve to be recognised their valuable efforts. The practice of recognising volunteers will inspire more volunteering activities in our society for good cause.’
Ms Hasin Jahan, Country Director of WaterAid said, “The award initiative aims to uphold the spirit of volunteerism among the youth of Bangladesh. COVID-19 hit us with a difficult challenge and youth enthusiasm we have stood stronger so far. I know this joint initiative will play a crucial role in bringing out more and more devoted volunteers towards response of any crisis”.
Md. Aktar Uddin Country Coordinator, UNV Bangladesh said, ‘’Volunteers have acted greatly against the threat posed by COVID-19 and volunteering has come in many forms during the pandemic. Hence on this occasion of International Volunteers Day-2020, we want to thank, recognize and celebrate the efforts of the valuable volunteers of and honor the inspiring volunteer efforts in the country.”
The top five volunteers will receive prize money of BDT 1,00,000, BDT 75,000, BDT 50,000, BDT 30000 and BDT 20000 respectively, besides crests and certificates. 6th -15th prize winners will also receive crests and certificates.
Applicants primarily have to submit their personal information, along with activity description and few more details as per guided instruction, which can be found at www.unvolunteersbd.org or www.wateraid.org/bd and DYD’s Facebook page also. The application form is available at – https://rb.gy/kwcv9o. November 19, 2020, marks the deadline for submission.
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