Sunday, September 26, 2010

Volunteers want to contribute in making Games a success

Notwithstanding the controversy-marred build-up to the Commonwealth Games, hundreds of young volunteers from different educational  streams, regions and religions are working round the clock to facilitate different services and make the Games a success. From guiding the visitors to the Games village, assisting in security check, press facilitations, taking mediapersons and international delegates to the facilities and answering their queries are some work dexterously managed by this young force. Putting their career interest on temporary hold, these youngsters are assisting in every possible ways to contribute to a successful Games. Over 1,000 volunteers alone are working at the Commonwealth Games Village.

They are drawn from different colleges and universities across the country. Many have also moved from neighbouring states to have a small and meaningful stint during the mega event. "It is really a matter of pride for me to associate with Commonwealth Games.

The country is holding such a big event and I wish all the best for its successful completions," said 21-year-old Amit, a science graduate, without divulging further details as he is not authorised to talk to media. For 22-year-old Shubhangi (name changed), a student of elite Indian Institute of Mass Communication, the Games is all about the pride of the country.

"I am excited about the event. The successful conduct of Games will add to the country’s pride," she said. There are many young volunteers like her who are extending helping hands at the Games village. "The day I heard about short-term stint for the Games, I could not stop myself for enrolling for it. I am happy to be part of it.

I wish it to be a successful event," said Rakesh, a management student of Delhi University. According to Organising Committee officials, there are about 11,000 accredited workforce of volunteers. The number is likely to rise as police verification for nearly the same number is still underway. There are chances of more volunteers being roped in ahead of the start of October 3-14 event. "We are happy with their performance.

These young volunteers are doing a good job with full energy," an OC official said. Most of the volunteers are working to manage transportation, hospitality, accreditation and providing logistic support. Visitors including athletes and international delegates are all in praise of these young force.

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