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Organising Committee launches enrolment of volunteers as part of Delhi United

NEW DELHI: Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi sustained its process of engaging the citizens of Delhi by launching the Delhi United, a programme aimed at recruiting 30,000 volunteers to be held in various areas during the Games next year, at its headquarters on Friday, the eve of the International Volunteer Day.

Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi Chairman Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP, who launched Delhi United along with Ms. Sindhushree Khullar, Secretary, Ministry of Sports, said the army of selfless and dedicated volunteers would be the real face of the Games next year. “In fact, the volunteers will be the backbone of the Games, we depend on you” he said.

“I am confident that our volunteers would contribute immensely towards ensuring that we host a great Games next year,” he said. “My confidence stems from the fact that the 166 volunteers who helped us during the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly did a great job and passed the test with flying colours. All CGAs said that they had done a great job.”

“The volunteers can and will make the nation proud by showcasing our hospitality and ethos to the visitors,” Mr Kalmadi said. “Delhi United has been aimed to encourage every citizen, regardless of age, creed and occupation to participate in making the Games the best ever. Delhi United will not only recruit volunteers but also train and deploy them.”

Mrs Sindhushree Khullar said, “Volunteers are not only the face of the Games but also its heart.”

Olympics gold medalist Abhinav Bindra congratulated volunteers and shared his fond memories of Beijing Olympic Volunteers who gifted him a card in Hindi after his historic triumph. He said, “I have kept that card with my medal and volunteers always remain in the heart of athletes.”

Five categories of volunteers -- Senior Citizen, Professionals, Homemakers, Differently-abled and International – were registered during the programme. A number of 20 computer terminals were set up for the public so that they could register themselves as volunteers. This was facilitated by the volunteers who helped during General Assembly 2009.

Mr Kalmadi unveiled the logo of the Volunteers Programme. The Delhi United logo symbolises unity and optimism, capturing the essence of the Wheel of Life. The values of honesty, brotherhood and team work are brought out through the elements in the logo. The colours – red, yellow and white – have been selected and truly reflect the philosophy of Delhi United.

To facilitate easy registration of the volunteers, the Chairman, Organising Committee also launched a special interactive web portal (www.cwgdelhi2010.org/delhiunited). Interested citizens can log on to the website and fill the registration form online. The site offers complete information on the volunteer programme besides puzzles, quizzes and games. An information booklet detailing the entire Volunteer Programme was also released by Mr. Jarnail Singh, CEO of the Organising Committee. Mrs. Khullar released the first Volunteer Newsletter Magazine.

Delhi United will leave behind an invaluable legacy of trained technical and non-technical volunteers. It will offer the volunteers an opportunity to gain invaluable skills, enhance their interest in and knowledge of Olympic sports, work with an international team of experts and build lasting friendships with people from across the world.