Iker Casillas encourages young people in Uzbekistan to volunteer
On 5 December, the world celebrates International Volunteer Day. This year, the United Nations campaign to promote volunteerism in Uzbekistan is joined by none other than Iker Casillas, renowned goalkeeper, captain of both Real Madrid and the Spanish national football team, and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals.
“While my job on the pitch is to prevent goals, my job at UNDP will be to help score them,” says Iker Casillas about his mission as Goodwill Ambassador.
Through a public awareness campaign, Iker Casillas is encouraging young people in Uzbekistan to volunteer in their communities and take pride in helping others.
“I admire volunteers for their passion, energy and commitment,” said Casillas, adding that volunteerism will help them to develop both personally and professionally.
From a development perspective, getting young people involved in local projects encourages innovation at a young age and makes sure that their rights are promoted, their voices are heard, and inter-generational knowledge is shared – all of which supports positive change in their lives and their communities.
Uzbekistan has a rich heritage of community-based aid initiatives, but young people interested in volunteering need help connecting with the relevant opportunities.
To mark International Volunteer Day, the Social Innovation and Volunteerism in Uzbekistan project (funded by United Nations Volunteers and UNDP) is launching a national website on volunteerism and social innovation – I Act Uzbekistan.
The website provides information about how volunteerism supports peace and development, as well as providing a space where people can discuss and contribute to socially innovative community development projects.
The most important feature of the website matches would-be volunteers with organizations, foundations and NGOs that need help realizing their plans. The site addresses the current situation in Uzbekistan: Young people are keen to volunteer, but do not know how and where to take action.
With I Act Uzbekistan, young people with an interest in volunteerism and social innovation have the tools to follow Iker Casillas’ call and get involved.
Please join us in celebrating International Volunteers Day, and ACT!
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