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Deputy Minister of Hajj in Saudi Arabia and Umrah Dr. Abdulfattah bin Sulaiman Mashat has identified four main areas for volunteering to serve Hajj and Umrah pilgrims. These areas are reception and greeting, translation and guidance, field work and health.
Dr. Mashat revealed the volunteerism while participating in a session titled “Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility” as part of the Misk Tour activities, held at the King Salman International Conference Center in Madinah. The event is sponsored by Prince Faisal bin Salman, Emir of the Madinah region.
The goal of one million volunteers by 2030, according to the goals of Saudi Vision 2030, is feasible and can be achieved by 2030, said Dr. Mashat confirmed.
He added that this can be achieved through the management of charity work, creating various volunteer programs and activities, offering discretionary incentives to encourage volunteers and emphasizing the role of volunteers, the Saudi Gazette reported.
Dr. Mashat highlighted the differences between volunteerism and corporate social responsibility in terms of sustainability, governance and commitment. He encouraged young people who want to volunteer to choose subjects that suit their specialization and taste to reduce wastage of resources.
He touched on the volunteer program ‘Be Helpful’, one of the initiatives of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, and its role in providing services to pilgrims.
In addition, the ministry’s role in supporting stranded pilgrims during the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of airports, shops and public places to evacuate more than 400,000 pilgrims, partnering with non-profit organizations to provide services such as housing, awareness raising, transportation and support services , without registering any cases of coronavirus infection.
Dr. Mashat referred to the social responsibility programs the ministry has in place to facilitate the journey of pilgrims with special needs.
He emphasized the pattern of quality work in social responsibility by promoting the use of experience, knowledge and skills in providing social responsibility work to impact the individual and society, through professional involvement, counseling and community leadership.
He also explained the role of government agencies in transferring a culture of social responsibility and entrenching the principle of responsible society and establishing governance within government agencies to measure impact.