strategy, muscle and weight, Thimphu Dzongkhag were the clear
winners in the knock-out Tug-of-War contest held last Saturday
on the Changlimithang ground on the occasion of International
Volunteer Day. The event was funded collaboratively by United
Nations Volunteers and JOCV/JICA programmes, and supported by
RCSC, UNDP, VSA, and Bhutan Football Federation, and the rope
was provided by Yangchenphug High School.
14 teams from various schools, institutes and organisations in
Thimphu fought it out in what turned out to be a thrilling morning.
With Dasho Meghraj Gurung looking on as Chief Guest, and representatives
from Ministry of Trade and Industry, JOCV/JICA and UN also in
attendance, each team gave of their best.
Volunteer Day 2002 is the first anniversary since the close of
the very successful International Year of Volunteers, in which
Bhutan had played such an active part. One of the themes being
promoted during this year’s IV Day is the role that volunteers
and volunteer organisations can play in working to achieve the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as pledged by Bhutan and
many other countries of the world in the ‘Millennium Declaration’.
the UNV Secretary General, Mr Kofi Annan, pointed out in his message
on the occasion of International Volunteer Day, “I hope
the global community will do its utmost to ensure that the legacy
of the International Year is a world where more and more citizens
across the social spectrum are willing and able to volunteer in
ways that bring benefits to society and a sense of true fulfilment
to the individual volunteer. If we are to achieve the goals set
out in the Millennium Declaration, harnessing this potential will
be crucial. On this, International Volunteer Day, I encourage
everyone to join together as volunteers in support of human progress
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