Around 1,850 physical therapists, assistants and students in 27 countries united to contribute to their communities on Saturday, in the first ever Global PT Day of Service.
The altruistic initiative, devised by two American physical therapists, aims to mobilise clinicians, students and other staff to volunteer in different communities around the world on the same day.
Participants were encouraged to donate their service to anything in their community that needed help – whether working in a soup kitchen, cleaning up a park or assisting a local non-profit group. There are already reports of activities in Indonesia, Jamaica, Taiwan and the United States.
“The overall mission of the Global PT Day-Of-Service is that the profession as a whole unites on all fronts for the highest purpose... helping others,” said Efosa L Guobadia, one of the founders. He said he hoped that response to the day would grow stronger each year.
“Early feedback from participants is already showing that they are looking forward to next year as well as making this more of a habit in the time in between.”
“What was once an idea has evolved into a real, palpable movement driven by ten volunteers, a growing list of international ambassadors, and many supporters across the world.”