Monday, December 05 2011 @ 03:59 PM AST
Contributed by: NicolaJoseph
The following is the address (verbatim) delivered by the Honourable Nizam Baksh, Minister of Community Development at the launch of the Ministry's International Volunteer Day Project at the Child Welfare League of Trinidad and Tobago on Belmont Circular Road on Monday December 5, 2011.
All protocols observed.
A pleasant afternoon to you all. This afternoon, we join with millions of people across the world to celebrate International Volunteers Day. This December 5th celebration began twenty six (26) years ago with the United Nations. But we know that volunteers have contributed to our country and our world for centuries.
Contribution of the Child Welfare League
In Trinidad and Tobago, we have quite a number of voluntary organisations and civil society groups who are led by relentless, dedicated volunteers committed to meeting local needs and strengthen communities. I want to invite each of these groups to use this day to promote the contributions they have made at the community and national level. The Child Welfare League is one of these long-serving organisations, founded on April 20, 1918. Over the past ninety three years (93), the league has advocated for the right of children through child care and parent education. Ninety three years of nurturing, guidance and education is indeed a commendable achievement. Letís give them a round of applause. The board and staff deserve commendation again for their work in sustaining this necessary non-profit organisation.