On 5th of December 2019 we celebrated International Volunteers Day. The day was full of actions as it consisted of 3 different events: Trash Hunting, panel Discussion and Open Stage. The main motto of the day was ‘’Volunteer for Earth’’.
As volunteers, we came up with an initiative to do something good for the environment in local level and share an important message about trashing. So the day started with Trash Hunting action in 4 different locations – Volunteers Centre Skopje, American Corner Skopje, Pelagonija and Daycare Centre for street Children in Shuto Orizari. Our international and local volunteers together with organizations, municipality of Kisela Voda, Ne Bidi Gjubre and the high school Vasil Antevski Dren cleaned these areas with a great team spirit and energy. And as Earth is our home every day, we wanted to share a message to keep it clean with #instantpickup concept – to pick up trash from the ground even if it’s not yours and show good example to the people around.
The day continued later on in American Corner Skopje with panel discussion on the topic “Why volunteering matters?” – which fits perfectly to the theme of the International Volunteers Day. We had 5 interesting persons to share their stories about volunteering and their experience about it – in Macedonia and internationally. The audience was interested and actively listening, questioning and discussing with the panelists. We also discussed about environmental topics and how important volunteering on that level is – since the theme of our day was volunteer for Earth.
We closed the day with a fun event that was a prize after long yet successful day – Open Stage in Beertija Pub. The concept of the event was that the stage is open for any performers – volunteers who would like to sing or play some instruments. It gave the opportunity to people who have fewer experiences on a stage and would like to show their talents or simply enjoying performing for small audience. We had great performances from different people – coming together and jamming on the stage.