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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

“Thank You” – Green MEP pays tribute to Europe’s volunteers

Green MEP for London, Jean Lambert has marked International Volunteer Day 2011 by paying tribute to the 100 million volunteers in Europe who selflessly give their time for the benefit of society.

Established in 1985, the United Nations International Volunteer Day gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at home and abroad.

Over 25 years later and ten years on from the International Year of Volunteering, the day is now celebrated across the world, with rallies, parades, community volunteering projects and advocacy campaigns all featuring prominently on the 5th December.

Speaking on the day, Jean Lambert, a Member of the European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee, said: “The International Volunteer Day is an opportunity to celebrate and thank all volunteers for their countless hours and indispensible commitment to important causes around the world.  During times of economic crisis when voluntary organisations are facing brutal spending cuts, it is selfless acts like these that keep the cogs of society turning.

“There are more than 100 million volunteers in Europe, who invest hours upon hours of their precious time for the betterment of society, yet receive very little recognition for their efforts.  For this reason alone, I back the call by the European Year of Volunteering 2011 Alliance for a more efficient and effective European framework which supports and promotes volunteers {1}.   We must ensure that those who give so much for so little receive the rights and acknowledgement they deserve.”

Notes to Editor

1. The European Union designated 2011 as the European Year of Volunteering, with the aim of rewarding and recognising volunteer activities and raising awareness of the value of volunteering.  For further information, please visit: http://europa.eu/volunteering/