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MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques recently announced that thousands of volunteers are working at the Grand Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.

The fields of intervention of these volunteers varied from translation to helping the elderly using transport services (electric vehicles). Volunteers were recruited through the National Volunteer Platform of the Department of Human Resources and Social Development.

This came at a time when the Saudi Red Crescent Society announced that 1,728 of its staff, including doctors, specialists and nurses, would volunteer at the Grand Mosque during Ramadan. They efficiently provided visitors to the Grand Mosque with emergency care services through 18 main emergency care stations, as well as additional substations that covered the remaining parts of the mosque.

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volunteer hours were logged, while volunteers responded to 1,650 cases of illness.

So far, 20,736 volunteer hours have been logged, while volunteers have responded to 1,650 cases of illness. However, most of the cases they responded to were mild cases caused by exhaustion.

Red Crescent volunteers are stationed alongside the main emergency care teams in the Mataf area of ​​the Grand Mosque, the Al-Masaa area, the first and second floors, plazas and corridors.

Some cases are taken to clinics in the Grand Mosque, while the majority of those seeking emergency care are treated on site.

These efforts are a continuation of voluntary work that began many years ago at the Grand Mosque. Volunteers are strengthening their presence at the Grand Mosque to help distribute iftar meals to pilgrims and worshipers in cooperation with the authorities.

The Saudi Red Crescent Authority is increasing the number of volunteering opportunities available every year to reach 1 million volunteers in 2030, which is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its goals.

Dr Mustafa Jameel Baljoondirector general of the Red Crescent in the Mecca region

Dr. Mustafa Jameel Baljoon, director general of the Red Crescent in the Makkah region, stressed the importance of volunteer work.

He told Arab News: “It promotes a sense of responsibility in our young men and women, because voluntary work strengthens the sense of belonging to society and makes our young people feel how important it is to participate and to help build the homeland and serve the Grand Mosque visitors, which positively reflects capacity building.

“The Saudi Red Crescent Authority is increasing the number of volunteering opportunities available every year to reach one million volunteers by 2030, which is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its goals,” he said. declared.

Ehsan Hawsawi, a volunteer with the l2jlkyawatan (For the Fatherland) team, said that “volunteer work is honorable and a main pillar of society, especially during Ramadan, which embodies the values ​​of giving, solidarity and cooperation”.

“It aims to leave a great impact in the hearts of visitors to the Two Holy Mosques, to teach generations about the dimensions of this work as well as its interactive and cultural values, and to integrate the concepts of innovation and diversity in religious fields. , cultural, social, voluntary work related to health and tourism,” she said.

Abeer Fakirah, Head of Hur Makkah Volunteer Team, said, “We continue to do good deeds in the country. Humans, by nature, cannot live alone. They must be part of a society and a group of people, whether at home, in the place of study or in the workplace. This is the case because social characteristics are part of human traits. Common sense always calls humans to do good and to ward off evil indefinitely.

She said that voluntary work was considered one of the main sources of good deeds because it helped reflect a positive image of society and revealed its prosperity and the spread of good morals among its members.

“Hur Makkah volunteer team has contributed every year and this year to the visitor service of the Grand Mosque Makkah. ensure the safety and security of visitors to the mosque,” ​​she said.

Fakirah said that 30,000 pilgrims and visitors have benefited from the team’s services, while the number of male and female service providers in the team has reached 145 people. “This is a very small part of what our homeland deserves.”

Fakirah said that “our goal is to be rewarded by God for our good deeds until Makkah becomes the first city in the world.”

James R. Rhodes