14.12.03 International Volunteers Day News Image

"International Volunteer Day" Make change happen, volunteer! / 5.XII.2014 / Source: www.volunteeractioncounts.org / #actioncounts

December 5th marks the (United Nations) International Volunteers Day 2014. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.  

Posted: 3rd December 2014

UN Website Icon Ban Ki-Moon Message Icon

International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014 recognizes and celebrates volunteerism, with a special focus on honoring people’s participation in making a difference at all levels: locally, nationally and globally. On 5 December 2014 the Aurora theatre joins the rest of the world in acknowledging and enhancing people’s participation, engagement and voice.

As charity starts at home, the Aurora theatre acknowledges and dedicates a kind word of thanks to its scores of volunteers, in their multitudes, for their hard work and selfless dedication towards a common goal – the promotion of arts and culture through our theatre for the service of the genre and its followers, and the raising of our theatre’s goodwill.

As it strives to yearn professional results with the engagement of world-class singers, artistes and collaborators, the Aurora remains a voluntary-run theatre. This means that whoever sits on the administration committees and boards is a volunteer. Voluntarism is also the cornerstone of our backstage crew and logistics hands, our opera chorus and ancillary actors.

Voluntarism ensures that, while the local market may not be sound enough to economically sustain certain cultural genres that are elsewhere run on professional and commercial basis, it will continue to survive and prosper at the Aurora because of these dedicated people who own the place, and own the genre out of love – for the art and for the place. Voluntarism ensures that, while all possible efforts are employed towards making the cultural scene profitable, it will continue to flourish even if financial returns are not what a commercially oriented entrepreneurship would be satisfied with. Equally important, voluntarism preserves the approachability of the art and the place to the common folk. Since we run on a system of volunteers, anyone can be a volunteer and help. And while from the onset, an opera evening may seem too lavish and elitist, an opera production from the backstage is the most inclusive of feats, as anyone is welcome to lend a hand to our guild of hardworking volunteers, in whichever department he or she feels compelled to.

Above all, voluntarism at a theatre like the Aurora ensures that we preserve the magic in what we do; unbeknown to many, but to those who dare acquaint themselves with it, known by the name of love.

So on this day, we acknowledge and thank our guild of hardworking volunteers at the Aurora, as well as our financial supporters and our audiences who make the time and energy we dedicate all worth the while. In addition, we take a broad lateral perspective and commend the equally hard, and admittedly sometimes much riskier, voluntary work undertaken by the thousands of voluntary organisations worldwide. The United Nations organisation pays tribute to all these. Thus, we put forward to your attention, the website of the United Nations and particularly the address by the Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

News from the Theatre Icon