The Prize/Certificate distribution ceremony of 5th National Volunteer CERTs Challenge 2021 was organized by Emergency Services Academy Lahore in collaboration with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Pakistan to appreciate and acknowledge the services of volunteers across Pakistan who participated in National CERTs Challenge-2021 from 1st to 3rd December 2021.
The Minister of State (MOS) for information & Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib was the chief guest of the ceremony.
The Director General Punjab Emergency Service Department Dr Rizwan Naseer, Programme Director VSO Pakistan Suleman Waheed, Regional Emergency Officers from all divisions, senior officers from Rescue Headquarters Punjab, Academy, Districts, VSO Pakistan and large number volunteers attended the ceremony.
Speaking on the occasion, Farrukh Habib appreciated the Rescue Service and its team for the establishment of over 5000 Community Emergency Response Teams in all Union Councils of Punjab for saving lives and promoting safety.
He congratulated all volunteers on international volunteer day and said that volunteers are great asset for the countries world over and wherever government needs supports these groups are there to assist to accomplish the great activities.
He appreciated the contribution of Rescue volunteers as they assisted Goovernemnt in food packs distribution to deserving families during COVID-19.
He also appreciated VSO Pakistan who supports Rescue Service for organizing the event and acknowledged volunteer teams for promoting volunteerism in Pakistan. He said that Dr. Rizwan Naseer played a great role in making Rescue 1122 the best institution.
Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Farrukh Habib along with Dr Rizwan Naseer reviewed the volunteer team and presented certificates to all 45 participating volunteer teams.
They presented Cash Prizes and presented trophies to the top three volunteer teams including CERT Gujrat with first prize, CERT Gujjarawala with second and CERT Gujjarawala and CERT T.T Singh with third prize. District Gujrat CERT won the title “CERT of the Year” whereas a Disaster Response Kit and personal kit among 12 members of CERTs.