INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITY

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Charity is important as it allows us to reach out into wider society, and help those that are in need of our support. The word 'charity' means generosity in giving something to the needy out of loving kindness towards them. There is a proverb: 'Charity begins at home,' which simply means a person who is kind at heart and possesses compassion towards others, is generally found to give his or her helping hands to the disadvantaged in the societies.

The International Day of Charity is celebrated annually every 5th of September. It was declared officially by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The day itself was founded through a Hungarian civil society initiative with the support of the Hungarian Parliament and Government in 2011. The 5th of September is the selected date as it commemorates the anniversary of the passing away of Saint Teresa who worked tirelessly to overcome poverty, distress and suffering of the poorest in the world.

International Day of Charity serves to enhance and increase social responsibility amongst us all, solidarity and to increase the public’s support for charitable causes. This day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and provide a platform for charity events to take place on a global scale.

In the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September 2015, the United Nations recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda also calls for a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. It also acknowledges the role of the diverse private sector, ranging from micro-enterprises to cooperatives to multinationals, and that of civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations in the implementation of the new Agenda.

At the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), we deem that while many good things has been accomplished and great effort is being achieved, better deed can still be done to help the needy in our society. We stand as the voice for young people as we believe that the responsibility of charity should be seen as one of the major tools in determining ideal personality of future generation who ought to be full of compassion and embrace the beauty of humanity.

On this International Day of Charity, we call on people everywhere, especially youth, to volunteer and act generously in the senses of kindness, solidarity, and love. Without love and togetherness, charity will be a meaningless effort and an unsung anthem.

Today, we turn to the youth and task them with the honourable duty of bringing more awareness to humanity amongst both the young and the old.

Happy International Day of Charity!