According to Wuhan Municipal Civilization Office, since the recruitment of volunteers for the 7th CISM World Games began in March 20, the public has been actively participating in it. As of the deadline on May 20, 212,000 people have signed up, beating the recruitment target.

Within two months, more than 210,000 volunteers were recruited for the Games, exceeding the plan, which can be broken down to nearly 4,000 registrations every day. On the first day of registration, more than 10,000 people signed up. Hundreds of thousands of citizens have participated in the registration enthusiastically. Why the CISM volunteer is such a hit?

City volunteers have to spend a lot of time and energy to participate in training in advance. It is laborious to go to streets to provide volunteer services during the Games. Besides, they will not get paid or enter the game venues like game volunteers. They can only stay in the surrounding areas of the venue and the key areas of the city.

Even so, both the old and the young, women and men actively signed up. A 73-year-old veteran was very happy after learning that he could sign up as a volunteer. He said, “As a member of the Chinese military, I hope to do my part for the Games.” Many enthusiastic people from other places also hope to participate.

Volunteerism is one of the symbols of human civilization. In 2001, the then UN Secretary-General Annan proposed that the core of volunteerism is the ideal of service and unity, and the belief that the world will be better.

The Games is the largest international event held in the history of Wuhan city, and it is also a big stage for Wuhan citizens to show their civilization. Serving such a grand event, without receiving material returns, will gain a sense of value and honor. Helping others enjoy themselves, the spiritual feedback is more precious than the material returns.

A world-class event like the Games can greatly enhance the cohesive force of the city and stimulate the sense of ownership in citizens. The threshold for participating in such a grand event is not high. City volunteers are responsible for civilized etiquette, clean city, civilized transportation, information consultation, etc. Although these things are not significant, they show the world a positive city image of Wuhan, which is also very important for the success of the Games.

Of course, there is a very important condition for beating the recruitment plan in a short period of time – Wuhan has a large volunteer group. According to the statistics of the Municipal Civilization Office, up to now, there are more than 1.45 million registered volunteers in Wuhan, accounting for 13.5% of permanent resident population. Wuhan is a veritable volunteer city. In recent years, Wuhan has hosted many large-scale games. Volunteers for marathon events have also signed up to be volunteers for the Games.

City volunteers not only serve the event, but also serve the city. For example, the community cares volunteers go deep into the community to care about empty nesters and left-behind children. At the end of the Games, once the volunteer spirit is rooted and developed in people’s hearts, it will become a treasure for the city, nourishing its civilization and bringing love and warm. 【By WU JIE】