The Patients' World Day is celebrated since 11th February 1993, as a desire of pope II. John Paul. Our foundation celebrated The Patients' World Day together with the Caritas office from Odorheiu Secuiesc. During this action, gifts were distributed to hospitalized children, then in the hospital' chapel an ecumenical worship has been held with the participation of the outpatients. The Caritas staff together with the volunteer ones distributing leaflets calling for the attention of passers-by in the importance of voluntary blood donation at the medical institution's entrance, meanwhile Caritas nursing applicants were available, the Foundation staff had measured blood pressure for the ones who were interested, and hot tea was offered to the passers, thanks for the Junior restaurant.
This theme was launched by the Dr. Verestóy Attila Foundation as a series of health of programs. The very first programme was a health-day on 14th April 2010, entitled „A Healthy Soul In A Healthy Body" 2010.
The 33 children, accompanied by their kindergarten teachers from the kindergartens of Locodeni, Martinis, Badeni, Aldea, Oraseni, Sanpaul, Comanesti were gathered in the Kindergarten of Petreni. The participants heard presentations on healthy eating, after the kids aerobic they had vegetables- and fruit salad, and they made healthy snacks using cheese, ham and bread of cereals. There were also craft activities, the children dram and colored fruits, vegetables, they glued, sewn, prepared food pyramid, and then ate heartily of the prepared salads and snacks.
-There’s no financial benefit apparently, since this is one of the fundamentals of volunteering, but they motivate the young people by giving them juice, food and T-shirts and of course with the experience which is priceless. Some organizations make a contract with the volunteers because certain universities take into account at admission how much and in what area the candidate volunteered, therefore the employer strives to give a certificate for their work.
In Romania under certain conditions they acknowledge volunteering as professional practice. It matters a lot that after finishing university how we start working for a company: without any professional experience or with a lot of experience and knowledge acquired while volunteering.
-What’s the message of Volunteers for Udvarhelyszék group in a few sentences?
-I quote Csaba Böjte: “Those, that don't believe that there exist many good people, should start doing good themselves and they will eventually see that many will support them. ”I also realized in the last few years that there are lots of good people all around the world. It only depends on your point of view which side you see. If you show something of yourself, mainly role model, then you can be sure they will follow you and you will get back all the good things that you’ve done selflessly.