Qatar Diabetes Association ( QDA) has honoured 150 volunteers for participating in their 2019 health and awareness programmes, including Al Bawasil Camp, Walkathon for the World Diabetes Day, and Qatar National Day.
Fathi al-Yazidi, a QDA volunteer since 2010, noted how volunteering made him realise the value of helping others, and its positive impact on his personal growth. "Volunteering was a new experience for me when I first participated ten years ago at the QDA’s Adolescent with Diabetes initiative,” he said.
“What motivated me to continue volunteering with QDA is the feeling I get from supporting children who are diagnosed with diabetes, and getting to help them change their lives for the better by encouraging them to deal with the condition and follow a healthy lifestyle.”
Wadhah al-Marri, volunteer coordinator, QDA, said,"The volunteering programme started in 1996, which was the same time that Qatar Diabetes Association was founded. Since then, QDA’s work to spread awareness about diabetes has been reliant on volunteers. We started with a small number of volunteers and now we have a large database of people from all nationalities and specialisations.”
“We provide training and awareness programmes at QDA to prepare volunteers to participate in many programs that are in need of their help and support. Through their participation in these training programmes, the volunteers gain leadership and organisational skills that help them achieve success professionally and personally,” added al-Marri.