Saudi Arabia’s KFUPM launches 12th Volunteer Day Festival

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King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Saturday launched the largest volunteering activity in the Eastern Province. (SPA)
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King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Saturday launched the largest volunteering activity in the Eastern Province. (SPA)
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King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Saturday launched the largest volunteering activity in the Eastern Province. (SPA)
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King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Saturday launched the largest volunteering activity in the Eastern Province. (SPA)
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Updated 09 February 2020

Saudi Arabia’s KFUPM launches 12th Volunteer Day Festival

  • Serves the university’s mission to help the community through program
  • Focuses on health, environment, retirement homes, rehab centers and traffic safety

DHAHRAN: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Saturday launched the largest volunteering activity in the Eastern Province, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Volunteer Day Festival serves the university’s mission to help the community through programs, with the participation of the KFUPM students and employees.

It focuses on areas such as health, the environment, retirement homes, rehabilitation centers and traffic safety.

The president of KFUPM, Muhammad Al-Saggaf, highlighted the importance of volunteering as a religious and social duty. He said volunteering also helped students on a personal level,  as international companies and universities took the activity into consideration when making their selection. 

Volunteering should not be restricted to the festival, he added, rather it should be an ongoing process throughout the year. Al-Saggaf said volunteering was an important way of strengthening the bonds between the university and the community.

One of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan’s objectives is to rally a million volunteers a year.

The dean of student affairs, Ahmed Al-Ojairi, said: “What we are witnessing is a form of beauty that the university offers to society, represented by more than 11,000 hours of volunteer work in an attempt to make a difference and leave a positive impact on society. Volunteering has several forms, such as bringing joy to Muslims living in social welfare homes, decorating the city with murals to reduce visual pollution, planting trees on highways and beaches to reduce desertification or by providing courses for high school students, and other activities.”

The festival’s activities included 11 volunteering programs during which 31 projects were implemented.

The programs included initiatives that focused on planting, painting and mosque maintenance. There was also a “Thank You” initiative for workers, in addition to visits to retirement homes and rehabilitation centers.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.