More than 320 volunteers from Sanid and Takatof programmes, the Emirates Foundation leading voluntary social programmes designed to promote the culture of volunteering in the UAE, have been working tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the largest international sporting event, 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Grand Prix, where their contribution is immensely valued by UAE.
For the seventh year in a row, 320 volunteers played a vital part in the 2015 Formula 1TM Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways Grand Prix, including meeting and greeting spectators at Yas Marina Circuit and ensuring the safety of the crowd during the race itself. As well as exposing volunteers to one of the most exciting and anticipated sporting events in the region – a global event that attracts – more than 50,000 fans from around the world every year, it has helped develop their interest and skills in motorsport, event management and public engagement.
The 2015 Formula 1 Grand Prix is an international auto racing sport held in different countries including UAE. This annual, flagship event attracts people from around the world to visit the host country. As in previous years, Sanid and Takatof volunteers were assigned and recruited though the programmes’ website and through the universities recruitment campaigns. Volunteers are currently playing a crucial role in the smooth running of the 2015 Formula 1TM Abu Dhabi Etihad Airways Grand Prix, by ensuring the safety of the crowd during the race itself, as well as exposing them to the largest sporting event in the UAE.
Maytha Al Habsi, Chief Programmes Officer, Emirates Foundation said: “It is extremely essential that the volunteers take part in activities and events across the country as part of the Takatof Program’s strategy to motivate youth to volunteer and invest their time to express and carry out their social responsibility. All 320 Takatof volunteers are playing a vital role at the Grand Prix by carrying out a large number of volunteering tasks and responsibilities such as hospitality, welcoming the attendees and guide them around the venue, driving courtesy cars, supporting key services such as guests with physical disabilities and most importantly representing UAE to its international audience. By taking part in such events, the Sanid and Takatof volunteers act as ambassadors to our nation.”
Thanks to a close partnership between Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management and the Emirates Foundation, local young men and women have been helping organize, prepare for and assist over 50,000 visitors to the 2015 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, welcoming them and ensuring their safety for the duration of the F1 weekend.
Hassan Al Naqbi, a volunteer at Takatof programme said: “I have always wanted to be part of the biggest sporting event in my country. So I logged on to www.takatof.ae while I was taking a break at home and found all the information I needed. As a result, I met and assisted 50,000 people while the world watches.” “To be part of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix event fills me with untold personal pride. I mean, it is an immense pleasure to be chosen to welcome 50,000 people from all around the world with millions of people watching.”
Sanid and Takatof, the volunteering arm of the Emirates Foundation, have recruited more than 320 people this year to act as greeters, chauffeurs, grandstand supervisors, location guides and marshals for buses at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Over 600 people applied in total applied to be a volunteer.
“I am volunteering to give back to my country. Volunteering is the ultimate payback to those who helped me on the road to success. I remember a Takatof counsellor saying to me “You can help me by helping another. A statement so simple, yet so deep in its meaning.”
Takatof and Sanid volunteers have celebrated the 44th National day by waving the Emirati flags and distributing scarfs on the motor race spectators.