The Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS), yesterday the 19th of December 2012, presented the National Volunteer Award 2012 during an award giving ceremony at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.
The Malta Council for the Volunteer Sector (MCVS) established National Volunteer Award in order to recognise the important work carried out by those who volunteer with voluntary organisations which are non-profit, charities and NGOs, to contribute towards the rewarding and recognising achievements gained in volunteering activities and the raising of awareness of the value and importance of volunteering, to honour those men and women who, for no material gain, dedicate themselves to help others or work for a cause and to raise public awareness of the crucial role volunteers play in our society and therefore should be encouraged and supported.
The board of adjudication was composed of Ms. Miriam Teuma, Mr. Joe Dimech and Mr. Glenn Bugeja. The National Volunteer Award was given as follows:
1st Place: Mr Christopher Borg Cardona (St. John Rescue Corps – Malta)
2nd Place: Mr Philip Chircop (Central Bank Pensioners Association)
3rd Place: Ms Rosalind Agius (Abandoned Animals Association)
The Awards were presented by Mr. Robert Farrugia, Chairperson MCVS, Ms. Miriam Teuma, Chairperson of the Evaluation Committee, and Mr. Joe Dimech, Member of the Evaluation Committee.
During his speech, Mr. Robert Farrugia said that year after year after one can constantly see the fruits of volunteering by voluntary Organisations with beneficiaries and in our localities. He said that one cannot find one activity in our localities that do not have voluntary commitment.
He stated that it is therefore imperative to continue sowing the seeds of volunteering even in our young children, to grow aware of the power of volunteering and its importance. Volunteering gives purpose to many people, but above all, volunteering gives much joy and fulfillment. He closed his speech by the quote: “Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, because they are Priceless!: (Anonymous)