The spirit of helping others was alive and well in the HCT-Sharjah Men’s Campus (SJM) as it hosted its first Volunteering Fair for the year.
A good cross-section of governmental and community service organizations attended the event to introduce the volunteering opportunities they can offer to college students.
The fair started with an opening ceremony, featuring guest of honour H.E. Hana AL Suwaidi, Director of Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) in Sharjah. In her speech, Her Excellency advised the audience that the Sharjah Emirate has realized the value of involvement in community services, and is taking positive steps to provide volunteering opportunities for school and university students.
Dr. Abdullah AL Suwaiji, SJM Director, stressed the importance of the voluntary work in making a difference in societies in general, and with youth personalities in particular. He urged the students to take advantage of all the opportunities the college provides not only to meet their volunteer hour requirement, but also to give back to their country and contribute to the well-being of the local society.
The event included a panel discussion with Volunteer Champions – students who were nominated by their divisions as champions due to their participation in a variety of volunteer and charity work.
Eisa Bin Jarsh, a senior Electronic Engineering SJM student, said that participating in volunteer work has enhanced his personality and encouraged him to participate in public speaking events.
Rashed Ibrahim Al Ali, a Computer Information Science student, added that participating in volunteer work will create job opportunities for university students.
Abdullah Bushleibi, a student in the Engineering programme, shared his experience in community service work which started very early when he was still in school. Since then he has been involved in a number of voluntary projects which has led to him starting his own event organization company.