Cyprus is among the few countries in the European Union that has designed and implemented a comprehensive policy on civil society and volunteerism, President Anastasiades said on Monday evening, during an event hosted at the Presidential Palace, to celebrate International Volunteer Day, December 5.
He praised the contribution of the volunteer movement in Cyprus and emphasised that the strengthening of the value of volunteerism was of crucial importance in dealing with a variety of problems and challenges that local societies are faced with.
President Anastasiades said that the Volunteer Coordination Council is involved in more than 300 actions and campaigns which include the support of vulnerable groups, the fight against social exclusion and discrimination, the support of citizens with health issues, activities for the protection of the environment etc.
President Anastasiades also said in his addres that the Council in 2018 collected tens of thousands of euros and 48 boxes of humanitarian aid for fire victims of Attica, Greece, in 2020 it sent more than 300 boxes of humanitarian aid to Beirut, after the deadly explosion at the port, while 50 thousand euros were collected in 2021 for the support of the fire victims in Larnaca and Limassol.
Moreover, 220 tons of food aid, civil protection material, medicines and medical equipment, worth more than three million euros, were sent to Ukraine.
The President also said that the Council is recognized as a strategic partner of the State in terms of the targeted policy it adopts for volunteering.
He added that the government provides continuous financial support to Council and also referred to the legislative framework and other actions taken or which are underway in order to strengthen the policy and strategies for volunteering.
President Anastasiades and his spouse Andri were awarded by the President of the Volunteer Coordinating Council Elias Demetriou for their contribution in the movement.
Demetriou said that volunteering is an essential part of any healthy society and International Volunteer Day on December 5 highlights solidarity through volunteering and giving.
Source: Cyprus News Agency