[NOTICE]Festival for volunteer workers
The 13th annual festival for volunteer workers, the biggest event of its kind in Korea, was officially launched yesterday afternoon at Mount Namsan, central Seoul. The ceremony started with the traditional lighting of the signal fires on the centuries-old beacon mound on the mountain. Related events started Friday and will continue through Sunday in different regions of the country. About 1 million volunteers will take part in the festival. Seven city and provincial governments, including Daegu, Gyeonggi and South Gyeongsang, and several district offices in Seoul are sending their volunteer clubs to the event. The Busan city government will host an exposition on Friday and Saturday at its city hall square. Participating volunteer workers are making their own schedules to serve the needy. The home minister, Lee Yong-sup, said in a congratulatory speech yesterday, “Currently, the number of volunteer workers has reached about 8 million. The government will make efforts to promote volunteer workers with various policies.” Kwon Nyong-bin, the president of JoongAng Ilbo, said, “This festival started out as the campaign of a news media company, but it has grown into a pan-national movement, led by many civilian volunteer groups.” The event is co-hosted by SBS-TV, the Korea Council of Volunteering and the JoongAng Ilbo, owner of the JoongAng Daily. For more information, please call (02) 751-9453 or visit (http://ngo.joongang.co.kr/event/13/) (Korean only).