19 cyclists from AFAD Youth and Sports Club took to the road from Ankara in the morning of May 17 in order to attend the May 19 Youth and Sports Holiday activities organized in Samsun.
19 cyclists who are also AFAD volunteers called on the Turkish youth to volunteer in AFAD with the slogan, “Come On Youth, Be A AFAD Volunteer” on the occasion of May 19 Holiday.
Cyclists began their journey from the AFAD Headquarters in Ankara on May 17 in order to reach Samsun where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk took the first step of the War of Independence on May 19.
AFAD Volunteers presented the Turkish flag they handed from Acting Head of AFAD Hamza Taşdelen to Samsun Governor Zülkif Dağlı.
Number of AFAD Volunteers Exceed 300 Thousand
Number of applicants to AFAD Volunteering System exceeded 300 thousand. Those who want to volunteer in AFAD can make their application through e-State and get their first training program via internet.
All corporate bodies and the society must cooperate in order to reduce disaster risk and prevent loss of life and property. Success of disaster management depends on the direct participation of people in addition to activities of public offices and agencies. The AFAD Volunteering System gives people the opportunity to become a part of every stage of search and rescue activities in the disasters and cases of emergency. Since July 2019, 300 thousand people applied to be an AFAD volunteer.
Youth Showed Higher Interest
55 percent of applications for becoming a volunteer in AFAD came from young the people between the ages of 18-29 29 percent of applicants are between the ages of 30-39. People over 60 also apply for AFAD volunteering. 5 of every 1000 AFAD volunteers are over 60 years old. The age limit for application to be a AFAD volunteer which was 18 has now dropped to 15.
Distance, Face to face and On-Site Training Programs
Those who want to volunteer in AFAD started their training via the internet and completed their training consisting of 6 modules through distance education. Volunteers who are over 18 and successfully completed their education attend 10 day long on-site training programs organized by Provincial Directorates of AFAD. On-site training includes; light search and rescue training program (2 days), first aid training program (certified by the Ministry of Health) (2 days), fire awareness training program (1 day), tent installation (half a day as a part of light search and rescue program), and humanitarian aid training program (2 days).