In a pioneering display of individual and corporate social responsibility, 60 staff from Digital Divide Data and ANZ Royal Bank have Stood Up as volunteers for the 2009 Cellcard National Volleyball League.
Following the introduction of the CNVLD Volunteer Programme in 2008, when 50 DDD staff worked as volunteers for the National Volleyball League, there has been a groundswell of volunteers standing up in support for CNVLD sports programmes including the ANZ Royal CNVLD Wheelie Grand Prix.
As part of the CNVLD’s dedicated drive to ensure the effective, sustainable development of a national disability sports infrastructure managed by Cambodians for Cambodian athletes with a disability, the push to encourage volunteerism amongst young Cambodians has yielded remarkable results.
Since 2008, Digital Divide Data (DDD), Winners of the CNVLD 2008 Best Employer for Persons with a Disability Award and ANZ Royal Bank, Winners of the CNVLD 2008 Best Corporate Supporter Disability Issues Award, have encouraged their staff to participate in essential volunteer staff positions. DDD staff with a disability in particular are especially proactive and enthusiastic to contribute their time and effort in support of their nations sporting heroes.
The 2009 Cellcard National Volleyball League is entirely staffed by volunteers manning positions as diverse as staff coordinators, commentators, line judges, score keepers, court cleaners, water monitors, ball boys/girls and trouble shooters. The CNVLD’s Volleyball League Manager, Mr Pich Piseth is also exceptionally proud to work entirely on a voluntary basis.
DDD in particular have reaped the professional rewards of encouraging volunteerism. In 2008, Mr Bun Sokha was the security guard for DDD with no experience of volunteerism, sports management or computer work. One of the first to sign up as a volunteer in 2008, Sokha quickly established himself as the Chief Commentator and worked to coordinate the roles of other volunteers. With a new found confidence and sense of responsibility, DDD reciprocated with formal training and Sokha is now a valuable Operator in DDD’s data entry team. In 2009, Sokha is once again at the helm of the microphone for the 2009 Cellcard National Volleyball League.
The management of both companies also benefit from the engagement in volunteer programmes as it assists in the identification of staff whose commitment and dedication stretch beyond what is immediately required, with obvious long term institutional and economic benefits.
Since 2008, ANZ Royal Bank staff have also been responsible for ensuring the smooth implementation of the ANZ Royal CNVLD Wheelie Grand Prix as staff coordinators, commentators, official timers, race starters, water monitors and trouble shooters at the Phnom Penh and provincial rounds of annual competition.
Across the world, the bedrock of successful national and international sports infrastructures, including the Olympic Games, is the dedication and commitment of volunteer staff and the CNVLD is proud to be harnessing the unique power of sport to encourage young Cambodians to contribute to their nation’s disability sports development. The establishment of a dedicated, professional, experienced volunteer base also ensures that Cambodia is always ready to host international events such as the WOVD Standing Volleyball World Cup.
The social and economic benefits for the individual and the nation at large are easy to quantify. It is estimated that approximately one-fifth of Australia’s and Germany’s GDP is generated through the efforts of volunteerism. With a dedicated crew of volunteers, many of them PWDs, behind them, the athletes with a disability of Cambodia have a new-found confidence and enthusiasm and this is reflected in a radically improved standard in their respective sports.
Volunteerism is also a key component in encouraging social and individual responsibility in Cambodia, encouraging morality, team work, commitment, compassion and practically realising the Buddhist and universal tenets of selflessly assisting those less fortunate.
The CNVLD acknowledges the tireless efforts of the DDD and ANZ Royal Bank volunteers and thanks them for their contribution to the development of a sustainable Cambodian National Disability Sports Infrastructure.
The CNVLD Volunteer Programme – Standing Up to Encourage Individual and Corporate Responsibility in Support of the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia.