On March 1, major events in honor of the first Anniversary of “We Are Together” volunteer movement began across the country. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, nearly 200,000 volunteers have been helping those who find it most difficult: doctors, retirees and the poor. During this time, almost 5 million people received targeted assistance. The main attribute of the event was the orange thread. It may be tied around the right wrist or attached in the shape of a heart to the lapel as a sign of victory over the disease. This color is generally thought to boost spirits.

In our region, major events were launched at Kursk State Medical University. And there is a reason for that. A volunteer headquarters for the fight against COVID-19 started working here a year ago. And the volunteer activity of KSMU has become one of the best in the country.

The events began with a flash mob: volunteer students of KSMU (including foreign students), representatives of the Youth Policy Committee of Kursk region, the Administration and Social Center of KSMU lined up in a single chain, passing each other the symbol of the action – a ball of orange threads, thus weaving a whole strong net. At the moment of transferring the ball from hand to hand, the participants uttered the words that they associate with the #WeAreTogether event: kindness, mutual assistance, support, mission, care, etc.

“This action symbolizes the readiness of everyone to help and be part of a large-scale movement of the country,” the acting vice-rector for educational activity and public relations Alesya Kuznetsova addressed the volunteers, – In a year of work you have become one big family, have overcome a lot and helped many people. Today is your holiday, but tomorrow you will be at the forefront again, because people are waiting for support, hoping and counting on your help. I congratulate you on the anniversary and thank you for your work”.

Chairman of the Youth Policy Committee Sergey Kotlyarov noted the high social significance and importance of the #WeAreTogether event, thanked the volunteer students for their selfless contribution to the fight against the new coronavirus infection and urged to leave the symbol-piece of the orange thread, as a belief in goodness and mutual assistance, that WE ARE TOGETHER.

The event turned out to be symbolic. The guys showed how much they are all connected, and this connection is strong and unbreakable.

But the volunteers still have a lot of good deeds ahead!