“Volunteering is an extraordinary civil energy that helps communities to face the challenges of the time and its difficulties”: this was stated by the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the occasion of the International Volunteer Day.
“We had further proof of the importance and courage of the volunteers and their associations in the emergency caused by the pandemic“, observed the Head of State,” the volunteers were in the front row, alongside doctors and nurses, in caring for the sick, in supporting those who were left alone, in building connections where many were in danger of being excluded “.
For Mattarella “respect for the rights and freedoms of the person, in solidarity, is the most precious patrimony that we must transfer to the new generations: and to this patrimony the volunteers contribute with passion and ideals, with the strength of their testimony”.
Volunteering, the president emphasizes, “strengthens the bonds between people, is close to those in need, reduces social gaps, promotes hospitality and sustainability“.
International Volunteer Day, commissioned 36 years ago by the United Nations, “is an opportunity to express the deepest thanks to the volunteers who work in every part of the planet and to give due value to the numerous testimonies of humanity and altruism that improve our lives, without which institutions and legal systems would not be able to fully guarantee the principles they inspire “, added the President of the Republic-
Mattarella concludes: “The institutions – local, national, international – have in volunteers and their associations important allies in dealing with the changes that are necessary to build a better society”.