Activities for the International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebrations 30th November to 5th December 2009, in Sierra Leone

Published December 7th, 2009 - 03:59 GMT
Friday 4th December 2009
Cleaning of Lumley Beach and Unveiling of Dustbins
10 AM  Cleaning of Lumley beach
11AM  Short ceremony and Speeches by dignitaries to unveil the installation of 20 new and permanent dustbins:
In collaboration with other Volunteer Organizations, Africell, Freetown City Council and the Tourism Board, approx 200 volunteers will gather at Family kingdom –Lumley at 10.00hrs to work on cleaning the beach.
Ø  Africell will mobilize about 100 volunteers while UNV and partners aim to mobilize about 80 volunteers.
Ø  Africell will provide a truck to move the garbage, trash plastic bags, and gloves to be used by those cleaning.
Ø  At 11.00hrs there will be a short ceremony to unveil the installed dustbins. Africell  gladly offered to collaborate with Volunteers on this noble cause through providing and installing the 20 dustbins in addition to providing 200 T-Shirts and personnel.  The Mayor of Freetown, Councilors and other government officials, plus UN staff are expected to grace the occasion. Short speeches will be made during the unveiling session.
Ø  The cleaning programme is expected to take two hours to allow time for those that need to go for prayers at the mosque.
Saturday 5th December:
Float parade and Official Launch of IVD
9 AM Float Parade starting from Victoria Park
Saturday 5th December/ contd.
10 AM Official Launch of IVD celebrations at the British Council Hall
Ø  There will be a float parade from Victoria Park to British Council Hall at 9.00 am. This will be followed by the official launch of the IVD celebrations at 10.00 a.m. at The British Council Hall  by  UNDP, Government of Sierra Leone and Heads of Volunteer organizations. Expected guests include the Hon. Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Heads of UN Agencies,
Heads of Volunteer Organizations, CEO of Africell , and other NGOs. (see attached draft  programme of activities).
About International Volunteer Day:  IVD was adopted by the  United Nations General assembly in 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the globe to celebrate this date. IVD offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions at local, national and international levels to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals.
About UNV:  is the United Nations volunteers organization that  promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

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