WMOF2018 marks volunteering milestone with 2500th volunteer

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Volunteer 2,500 is Jinny Malazarte from Drimnagh, Co Dublin

On Saturday last [28 April] in the RDS in Dublin, the 2,500th volunteer milestone for the World Meeting of Families 2018 was marked as part of an induction day for volunteers who have signed up to be part of delivering the WMOF2018 events in August this year. The gathering saw more than 800 volunteers from the four corners of Ireland coming together to take a further step in their training for the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place from 21 – 26 August in Dublin. 

Amongst the volunteers present in the RDS last Saturday was Jinny Malazarte from Drimnagh, Co Dublin. Both Jinny and his wife have signed up to volunteer in August but it was Jinny who registered as volunteer number 2,500.  Jinny, who is originally from the Philippines, has been living in Ireland for the past 17 years. 

Speaking about his volunteer role with the WMOF2018, Jinny said, “As soon as I realised that the WMOF2018 was coming to Dublin, I was interested in volunteering for it. The preparations that go into an event like this are meticulous – the organisers have to think of everything including offering the famous Irish welcome to those who will come to Ireland for the event. I am looking forward to being part of welcoming the world to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. I hope to be part of all the different events and to work with many of the volunteers that I have come to know these past weeks and months. It’s going to be a huge team effort. 

“It has been really inspiring to see how many people are willing to make a contribution to an event like this – to just give of their time and talents. It’s going to be an amazing event for all those who attend and while I am going to be really busy as part of the volunteer team, I know that I am going to gain a once in a life time experience from it.” 

Commenting on the volunteer milestone, Father Tim Bartlett, Secretary General of WMOF2018 said, “Our volunteers are at the front line of everything we will be offering at the WMOF2018 and we could not deliver an event like this without them. While we are delighted to have reached this particular milestone in our volunteering numbers, we will need thousands more volunteers to join us for the World Meeting of Families. We are inviting people to sign up now on www.worldmeeting2018.ie to be part of this historic event.”

ENDS 

Notes to editors: 

Photos are available on request from media@worldmeeting2018.ie

Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the 9th World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.  Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church.  Whilst WMOF2018 will include exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances, events around the city, gestures of solidarity, it has at its heart the following key moments:

Firstly, a National Opening of World Meeting of Families will take place simultaneously in the twenty-six dioceses on the island of Ireland on Tuesday 21 August;

Secondly, from 22 to 24 August, a three-day Pastoral Congress will take place in the RDS, Dublin and will include entail a joyful and reflective programme of workshops, talks and discussions centred on the theme: “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.  The Congress will also offer an engaging programme for young people to include faith and fun activities for children;

Thirdly, a Festival of Families will be held on Saturday 25 August 2018 in Croke Park, Dublin.  This will involve a cultural concert within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, during which personal stories of faith will be shared by families, each representing the five continents. Pope Francis will be present for this event; and,

Fourthly, the Closing Mass for WMOF2018.  A solemn Eucharistic Celebration on Sunday 26 August will involve thousands of pilgrims from Ireland and around the world in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Pope Francis will be principal celebrant of this Mass. 

Further information: 
Brenda Drumm, Media & Communications Manager, WMOF2018, Tel: + 353 (0) 87 310 4444.
Website: www.worldmeeting2018.ie