European Year of Volunteering launched in Austria

10:02, February 17, 2011      

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Austrian President Heinz Fischer Wednesday announced the launch of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) 2011 in Salzburg, saying "the society can't work" without voluntary cooperation.

Fisher told audience at the launch ceremony that the human history was coined in "voluntary cooperation in the fight for survival," while modern structures and organizations came later.

The EYV is a pan-European campaign to promote volunteering work in the communities, schools, hospitals and sport clubs, environment protection, social services and aid programs for poor countries.

Austria is proud of the fact that 43.8 percent of its people more than 15 years old took part in some sort of voluntary labor while the average in the whole European Union is less than a quarter (23 percent).

The EYV is expected to further fuel the voluntary spirit in the central European nation which is aimed at filling gaps in voluntary activities, such as civil protection and disaster control, via a newly-launched plan called Austrian Work Program.

Source: Xinhua

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