A coordinated initiative has been taken to felicitate some 15 volunteers of the country who played significant role in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic.
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, a press release said.
Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives, Department of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNV Bangladesh and WaterAid come to felicitate the volunteers’ unfettered support in times of need to the nation and people by launching IVD Bangladesh Volunteer Award 2020 initiative, the release added.
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.’
MsHasin 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”.