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 published: 2008-05-13

Only 63 days to go to WYD08!

World Youth Day 2008 program detailed - Call for volunteers

Noch 63 Tage bis zum WJT 2008 in Sydney

Faltan 63 días para la JMJ 2008 en Sydney

WYD in Sydney: 63 days left

Noch 63 Tage bis zum WJT 2008 in Sydney

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AUSTRALIA, wyd2008/mkf. Times and details of the major events at World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (WYD08) in July have been confirmed May 9, 2008.

Sydney will host the 23rd World Youth Day from 15 – 20 July this year. It will be the largest event Australia has hosted and will mark the first visit by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia.

WYD08 organisers also unveiled the name that will be used to identify the joint venues hosting the Evening Vigil and Final Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. Royal Randwick Racecourse and nearby Centennial Park will be united in name as the Southern Cross Precinct during World Youth Day.

Pope to thank volunteers after WYD08

Pope Benedict XVI will hold a special audience with the 8,000 people who volunteer for World Youth Day (WYD08) to thank them for their hard work and dedication. WYD08 organisers today confirmed that instead of holding a tickertape parade, all WYD08 volunteers will be invited to an exclusive event with Pope Benedict before he boards his return flight to Rome. "This will be a wonderful way to thank the 8,000 people who will have devoted their time to become the face of World Youth Day," said WYD08 Chief Operating Officer, Danny Casey.

WYD08 only has around 8,000 volunteer roles on offer and organisers have already received applications from 5,000 people.

Roles are available in:

  • operations and crowd management
  • customer service
  • language and translations
  • staffing,
  • hospitality & catering
  • accommodation
  • production
  • communications
  • liturgy and evangelisation

"Volunteers will take away more than just unforgettable experiences and fond memories of their participation, but also the knowledge that they were part of something huge - a significant page in Australia’s history," said WYD08 Chief Operating Officer Danny Casey.

Volunteers must be over the age of 18 and be able to work during the event week 15 – 20 July, and will receive a uniform, backpack and assistance with public transport costs and meals.

WYD08 is taking applications now. For more information and to apply, visit



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