Days of Volunteering took place in Bratislava, attended by celebrities

RHIS YEAR’S Days of Volunteering began on September 20 in the abandoned Zátišie locality in Bratislava’s Nové Mesto borough. In the fifth year of this weekend-long event, local volunteers and famous celebrities helped to improve the environment, collect money for charity and assist seniors in convalescent homes.

Spring volunteering event, cleaning at Zátišie. Spring volunteering event, cleaning at Zátišie. (Source: Sme - Gabriel Kuchta)

RHIS YEAR’S Days of Volunteering began on September 20 in the abandoned Zátišie locality in Bratislava’s Nové Mesto borough. In the fifth year of this weekend-long event, local volunteers and famous celebrities helped to improve the environment, collect money for charity and assist seniors in convalescent homes.

“Last year, we opened the Days of Volunteering in the nice environment of Primate’s Square,” CEO of the C.A.R.D.O. civic association Zuzana Vinklerová told the TASR newswire. “This year, we decided to go to the field and show everybody that volunteering is not always easy, and that it also includes repairing damage caused by others. This location is ideal for that,” she added.

The Zelená Hliadka (Green Patrol) civic initiative co-organised the event; the weekend of September 20-21 was comprised of 12 individual volunteering initiatives. Matúš Čupka of Zelená Hliadka explained that they would like to have a waste container parked in the locality that could be financed by the borough administration and which could be a permanent solution for people living in the area – be it legally or illegally, such as the homeless who have settled there. Čupka added that instead of trying to legalise and support homeless people who stay in the locality, they would like to get them to work with them and gradually include them in normal life.

The volunteers who came to help included several actors, like Martin Mňahončák, Lukáš Latinák and - for the first time - Braňo Deák. They stressed that apart from feeling good after cleaning the locality, they also enjoyed meeting the nice people whom they were helping.

“This is an issue where we cannot stop promoting the urge to help, even for a minute,” Vinklerová told TASR. “Humans are lazy by nature, but on the other hand, they have enormous potential,” she concluded.

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