Karachi: A three-day 5th Annual Youth and Volunteer Camp convened by Sindh chapter of Pakistan Red Crescent Society PRCS titled “Youth on the Move” concluded here on Sunday. The objective was to boost the community volunteerism on successful infusion of spirit of selfless service to needy people without discrimination of class, colour or creed through youth and volunteers affiliated to PRCS programs.
The volunteers were trained by experts to meet the challenges and to prepare the community in their respective areas in case of any emergency. During the camp, volunteers received training about First Aid, Emergency Response, fire-fighting, camp management, youth awareness and information about Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, its fundamental principles. Around 180 Youth and volunteers from 18 schools of Karachi attended the camp.
Chief Guest PRCS Vice Chairperson and Sindh branch Chairperson Mrs. Farhana Naek, while speaking on the occasion, said that PRCS believes young people have aspirations and can contribute for the betterment of society. She said the youth camp aims at mobilizing a large number of youth volunteers, coordinating activities of youth organizations, to promote good volunteer management practices, and to advocate value of volunteerism in Pakistan.
PRCS Sindh Vice President Sardar Yaseen Malik said that volunteerism is a backbone for various activities in the Society and is a core value of good citizenship. Youth volunteers with PRCS are given an opportunity to learn and develop their skills through additional responsibilities. Basic orientation courses, secondary training, and advanced trainings on Red Crescent doctrine are provided to enhance their performance level.
He said during the floods in province the Sindh Red Crescent youth volunteers played commendable role assisting the affectees and their services were a beacon of light for others to follow. He said that the PRCS approached over millions of victims that were only possible after the untiring efforts of these volunteers.
He said that PRCS along with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement had taken up the initiative to train the volunteers so that they could carry out the operations befittingly.
At the end, the volunteers, company commanders and camp management officers were awarded certificates and medals for rendering commendable services in camp. The closing ceremony was attended by PRCS Sindh branch Honorary Treasurer Sheikh Jalauddin, Provincial Secretary Kanwar Waseem and a big number of people from all walks of life.