KOTA KINABALU – More involvement from young volunteers is important for youth and community development as a whole.
The Minister of Community Development and Consumers Affairs Datuk Jainab Ahmad stated that her ministry and Sabah Women’s Affairs Department (JHEWA) will recruit more young volunteers in schools for clubs such as Girl Scouts and Firefighters Club.
Speaking to reporters after the Sabah Council of Social Services Welfare (MPMS) month and Appreciation Night 2014 Closing and MPMS 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration on Friday night, she said she wanted more participation from youth.
“We want more young volunteers as we seem to see volunteers coming from older adults. We need as much help as possible,” she said.
Jainab stated that volunteerism is an act of kindness to help people without expecting any returns, but some so-called volunteers join for monetary reasons.
“They (volunteers) must know volunteerism is a noble act and we need to instill this values at an early age,” she said.
She informed that this year her ministry will expand and recruit more volunteers form throughout Sabah.
“We will distribute the forms around Sabah especially in schools because we believe that together we can make a difference,” she said adding that volunteerism is very important especially during natural disasters.
“If we put together all volunteers who have expertise in any field, volunteers for manpower as well as volunteers that can support in financial support; I believe helping those in need for any reasons will not be difficult. For example the recent flood situation,” she explained.
At the event, eight acrylic paintings from re known local artist Benedict Chong and two antiques including the Northern Song Dynasty porcelain piece were auctioned.
The guest of honour for last night event was the Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and wife Toh Puan Norlidah R.M Jasni.
The proceeds from the charity auction will go to the Sabah Council of Social Services (MPMS) Central Charitable fund in aid of 26 NGOs under the council. – By Fizah Yusof/SayangSabah