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Volunteers to be big part of 2010 Asian Games
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08:28, December 07, 2007

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The organizing committee of the 16th Asian Games will start recruiting volunteers next September for the 2010 meet.

Those who are 18 and above from April 30, 2010, will be eligible to apply.

"The Asian Games is a grand sporting event, and it will need a large number of volunteers," said Zhe Zhiling, deputy director of the organizing committee's volunteer service project, on Wednesday.

"We are looking for those with special skills, such as foreign language proficiency and driving. Those who are able to work as traffic controllers and in commercial, medical and hotel facilities, as well as scenic attractions, are also welcome."

About 400,000 volunteers, including 20,000 with special skills, will be needed for the event.

Zhe said he was confident of meeting the number of volunteers, based on residents' passion for volunteerism and the growing numbers who have showed interest in the event.

Official statistics showed that the city of Guangzhou alone has 680,000 registered volunteers.

"The volunteer team in Guangzhou will see even faster growth with the demonstrated support from the provincial authorities," said Tan Juntie, secretary of the provincial committee of Communist Youth League.

Tan said the province will soon issue a regulation to keep the development of volunteer services right on track and will set up a special fund to further guarantee the operation of the volunteer service and the long-term development of the sector.

Guangdong has set up China's first foundation for the development of the volunteer service and has raised more than 31 million yuan ($4.2 million) from the community.

"With the government's strong support and with a growing number of people realizing the significance of the volunteer service, the province will surely maintain its position as a pioneer of volunteer service," he said.

Tan added that Guangdong has clocked several firsts in volunteerism.

Volunteers from the province have helped not only residents, but also those in poverty-stricken inland areas and those in the Southeast Asian countries, he said.

More than 3 million people have registered to become volunteers, offering volunteer services for 460 million hours that have benefited more than 50 million people.

Source: China Daily

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