Cycling Tour 2014: Volunteering to Make a Difference; UNVP-initiated project launched

Cycling Tour 2014: Volunteering to Make a Difference; UNVP-initiated project launched

Written by Bella Dalima

19 Nov, 2014 | 9:41 pm

Cycling Tour 2014: Volunteering to Make a Difference, a project initiated by the United Nations Volunteers Programme in Sri Lanka was launched in Colombo on Wednesday.

News1st is the media partner for the tour.

The Cycling Tour, supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, the Ministry of Social Services, UN agencies, Volunteer Involving Organisations, Youth-led organisations and News1st, will contribute to the advocacy efforts to strengthen youth volunteering for peace and development in Sri Lanka.

At the event, Programme Officer of UNVP Sri Lanka, Sveva Pettorina expressed these views:

[quote]This cycling tour would have not been possible without the active support that we have received from our partners and supporters. We are really happy of the outcome of this partnership. It is a testimony how voluntarism can be a way to address so many cross-cutting issues concerning sustainable development and we really hope that this would be a first activity but certainly not the last of this kind.[/quote]

A group of 20 volunteers will be cycling for two weeks starting from Medawachchiya, leading through several locations including Anuradhapura in the North Central Province, Puttalam in the North Western Province and end in Colombo on the west coast on December 5, with the celebration of International Volunteer Day.

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