Minister lauds Rescue 1122 for promoting volunteerism

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Provincial Minister for Local Government & Community Development (LGCD) Punjab Mian Mehmood-ul-Rashid has said that risking own life to save others is the real virtue and the employees and volunteers of Rescue 1122 were doing that job in a proudly manner. He was addressing the International Volunteers Day ceremony at Rescue 1122 Academy on Thursday as the chief guest.

Head of Akhuwat Dr. Amjad Saqib, Rescue 1122 head Dr. Rizwan Naseer were also present in the event. Mr. Siddhantha Ranasinghe, the guest from Sri Lanka, Mr. Martin Thomas, Head of Humanitarian Affairs of the United Nations in Pakistan, Mr. Mehamt from Turkey and philanthropist Suhail Ahmad from USA also addressed the event.

Mian Mehmood-ul-Rashid said that volunteers were a valuable asset of any nation. He said, “I pay tribute to Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi for creating an institution like Rescue 1122.

It is a matter of pride for the Punjab government that people from all over the country and other countries come for training in Rescue 1122 Academy.” The minister promised that full financial and technical support would be provided to all the volunteers by the LGCD Department. Mian Mahmoodul Rashid added, “Under the new local government system, a local body would be formed in every village, so we will support Rescue 1122 in every village for volunteerism.

I want these volunteers to work for the eradication of drugs while request Dr. Amjad Saqib to assist these volunteers in drug prevention in the streets and villages of the province.”