1600 members of KFUPM community participated in many voluntary programs for helping sick, the elderly, the orphans and public utilities as part of the 9th Volunteer Day Festival organized by KFUPM on Saturday, 25 February 2017.
The festival, inaugurated by His Excellence KFUPM’s Rector, Dr. Khaled S. Al-Sultan, is the largest volunteer event in the Eastern Region, and represents the University’s most important course in volunteer work. The Volunteer Day has become an important event constantly attended by students, staff, faculty members and graduates, to prove that the university’s life is full of other experiences worth living away from the classroom.
During his speech at the opening ceremony, Dr. Al-Sultan said that the good deed benefits the volunteer first, and the voluntary work has manifold benefits in the Muslim community, a worship of Allah that deserves a reward, in addition to the great feeling of happiness resulting from doing voluntary work. He added that the outstanding performance of KFUPM’s students in volunteer work is part of the excellence system at the University. He explained that the volunteer work is part of the college experience, the University imparts to its students. The targets of this experience exceed achieving academic excellence to attaining excellence in values, behavior, skills and good citizenship. He said that every student in the University is committed to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer work before graduation.
The Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Al-Ojairi, mentioned that, throughout its history that spanned over nine years, the festival of the volunteer day has become the annual gift presented by KFUPM’s community members to the people of the Eastern Region. This fact was represented this year by 1600 KFUPM’s volunteers, forming an increase of 30% than last year's number. The participants included students, professors, employees and alumni, were distributed as 32 teams to provide 12,000 hours of volunteer work during the Festival, in collaboration with 19 governmental and nonprofit organizations. He added that the Festival includes eight core programs: maintenance of public facilities, taking care of the environment, children's programs, elderly programs, correctional Centre’s program, “Thanks” program (for workers), hospital visits and the role of the disabled, the needy families programs, and the traffic safety program.
Dr. Al-Ojairi stressed that the participation in the volunteer day is part of the University’s system to prepare students with all required qualifications and tools to be an active and influential citizen of society. It is also an opportunity for the participants from KFUPM’s community to thank this country for everything it gave them and their university over the years. He noted that KFUPM’s students contribute annually through the Festival and courses by activities that help them to develop initiatives and benefit society.