International Volunteer Day Message

Today, December 5, 2018, Guyana joins the rest of the world in celebration of International Volunteer Day 2018, under the theme “Volunteers build Resilient Communities”.

Volunteerism is an effort to positively impact the lives of people in communities worldwide. Today, we salute those who offer their services and expertise for the benefit of their neighbours, communities and countries.

Director of Youth, Ms. Melissa Carmichael – Haynes.

Here in Guyana, we recognize that our volunteers are our gems – precious and sincere. They are the embodiment of one of the clearest expressions of solidarity in action.

On this day, the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport wishes to salute the efforts of volunteers throughout the length and breadth of Guyana.

Your existence proves that superheroes do exist. You may not run at the speed of lightning, or shoot webs from your wrist, but you pour your heart and invest your time and energy into making the lives of those around you, better; all without expecting anything in return.

It was Winston Churchill who said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” For the entire world, your kindness and generosity are the most expensive gifts we have. Your wages come in the form of our love, and your incentives, in the form of the prayers said by all those that you have helped.

Apart from adding to the development of your country, your actions have also inspired future leaders – boys and girls who have stepped up to take charge and make a positive difference in the lives of their fellow man. Every volunteer is a legacy deserving of emulation. Today, we celebrate each and every volunteer, each and every unsolicited act of kindness.

Happy International Volunteers Day, Guyana!

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