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IEC2012 Launches a Final Call for Volunteers

Monday February 20, 2012

More than 1,000 people have already signed up as volunteers with this year’s 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 (IEC2012) but hundreds of different roles still remain for people interested in participating in this significant international event.


The clock is ticking for people who’d like to get involved as the closing date for registration with the Volunteer Programme is only one month away on 17 March 2012.


Around 25,000 pilgrims a day are expected to attend the RDS venue between 10 and 16 June, while 80,000 participants will gather to celebrate the Final Mass, Statio Orbis, in Croke Park on 17 June.


Volunteers will engage in a diverse range of assignments, including: event services, medical services, media relations and logistics. A number of roles are also available in pre-Congress activities that include administration, marketing, IT and many other areas.


Places are still available for people willing to assist in the lead up to this international event or during the Congress week itself (10 - 17 June 2012). Anyone interested should be available to volunteer for a minimum of five days between 6 June and 19 June 2012. Volunteers will be fully trained in advance of the Congress.


IEC2012 offers job seekers the ideal opportunity to enhance their CV and brush up on specific skills in today’s competitive jobs market. Full details of volunteering and the application form can be found at http://www.iec2012.ie/volunteer or contact (01) 234 9919.


The Eucharistic Congress is a truly international experience as many of the registered volunteers were not born in Ireland but have chosen to make it their home. So it is fitting that the 1,000th volunteer to sign up was Slovak national, Maria Farkasova, who has lived in Dublin for the last six years.


Speaking about her decision to get involved, Maria said: “I decided to volunteer for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012 because I am passionate about working with people, trying to make a difference in their lives and helping them in any way possible. I feel that the event will have a big impact on the Christian community and I would like to be a part of it.”


Secretary General of IEC2012, Fr Kevin Doran, is emphatic about the importance of volunteers in this year’s Congress: “The input of volunteers will be key to the success of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress 2012. They have a central role to play at the heart of each and every element of this amazing event.”


The basic requirement for volunteering is that you are 18-years-old and legally resident in Ireland. People in receipt of jobseekers allowance are entitled to volunteer without affecting payments. The Department of Social Protection encourages people to do voluntary work.


Full details of the Department of Social Protection’s policy on voluntary work can be found here: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Pages/JobseekersVoluntaryWorkOption.aspx



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