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QCVA fetes over 3,000 volunteers.

AISHA SIDAHMED

DOHA THE Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities (QCVA) honoured over 3,000 volunteers at a function at the Sheraton hotel on Thursday.

Nasir bin Mubarak al Khalifa of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, directors of various departments at the ministry, members of the QCVA board of directors and officials from the diplomatic corps were present on the occasion.

Those felicitated at the event included Ali Hasan al Jaber, Al Jazeera's cameraman who was killed in Libya.

His brother Dr Ahmed al Jaber received the award on his behalf.

Nasir bin Ali al Maadeed, former secretary- general at the Public Authority for Youth received a special honour for his contribution in spreading the culture of volunteerism among Qataris.

The best team honour for the year went to the Caring Touches programme, which is aimed to help elderly and psychiatric patients.

The Hiba team, one of the QCVA programmes, presented a Mitsubishi bus as a donation to HMC's Rumailah Hospital.

The vehicle will be used to transport kidney patients to the hospital.

The function was marked by a colourful programme presented by a team of volunteers from ABC Kindergarten.

Dressed in maroon and white, the young volunteers danced on the beat of folk music and sang local songs.

Speaking at the event, Ysuf Ali Al Kazeem, general secretary of the QCVA, said: "We hope that a new legislation will be issued to assist our youth in performing their role in the field of volunteerism.

The law should remove obstacles which stand in their way to achievement.

The total number of volunteers who participated in the activities for the year 2010-2011 was 4,800.

About 2000 of them helped in organising the Asian Cup, while the rest participated in other important events such as the Interpol conference, marine festival and Municipal Council elections.

We appreciate their hard work to serve our country."

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