More than 250 volunteers reflect on their task during the IX Meeting of Voluntarism in the oncology area of the FECEC
The 9th edition of the Meeting of Voluntarism in the oncology area
, that the Catalan Federation of Entities against Cancer (FECEC) organizes each year, has presented the experiences and reflections of an experienced group of witnesses and experts, in front of the presence of more than 250 volunteers from all over Catalonia. One of the main objectives of this edition has been the analysis of the different roles and types of voluntarism that can be done in the oncology area, ranging from attention in hospitals to fundraising and, in some cases, juridical assessment offered by a few volunteers, which all facilitate and maintain the activity of the entities that fight against cancer.
In this spirit, the president of the Committee of Ethics of the Social Services of Catalonia and professor at the University of Barcelona, Begoña Román, during her conference has exposed that the richness of voluntarism does not only come from respect, compassion and responsibility of those who attend the patient, but also from the collaboration, the flexibility and adaptability to the new social necessities such as the creativity to stay organized and do work in a network.
The round table discussions celebrated during the Meeting have led to very emotional testimonies regarding the experiences of the volunteers in accompanying patients such that, during the closing ceremony, emotions ran free with the special intervention of the Coral Noves Veus (Choir of New Voices) of the Centre for Rehabilitation of Laryngectomized people of Terrassa (CRL).
The Meeting of Voluntarism in the oncology area, that has been celebrated the 8th of June, has as objective to promote recognition and sense of unity between the more than 4.500 volunteers that work in this area in Catalonia and thanks to whom the improvement in quality of life of people with cancer and their families is accomplished.