Young volunteers invest their time to encourage youth to get involved!
Four young professionals are volunteering their time to be part of the preparations for the second Durban "mini" World Youth Day which will be held in Durban from 6 to 10 December 2017 at the Durban Exhibition Centre and surrounds, to unite Catholic young people from Southern Africa to celebrate their Christianity, community and unity while experiencing the chosen theme of "young people, faith and vocations."
Safron Dougall (22); Tevin Jasson (24), Thandeka Msweli (25) and Melita Vurden (28), all put up their hands to spend the months ahead of the December event helping to mobilise young people, while getting valuable hands-on work experience by being mentored by the Conference Company: a professional team appointed to work closely with the organising committee to ensure that all logistical arrangements are managed to ensure the conference is a success.
The intention is for the five day formal gathering to bring together young people between the ages of 18 and 35 years from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. Young people from all walks of life, representing different cultures, different languages and different geographical locations will come together to deepen their faith and to be encouraged to become more active, thoughtful, engaging and caring global citizens. Over the five days, there will be community engagement; prayerful activities; discussion groups and pilgrimages.
The four volunteers are currently concentrating on marketing the event to various individuals, parishes and youth groups by making direct contact with as many young people as possible throughout South Africa to explain the concept of MWYD and to encourage early registration.
"As a local creative and fellow Christian from Newlands West, I am excited to contribute towards Mini World Youth Day - a noble first for the city of Durban! As a freelance writer I also enjoy jotting down fleeting moments of the city and capturing our diversity in photography. Being a part of the vibrancy leading up to the main event allows me to do what I enjoy and to streamline my skills constructively as we all gear up for an enriching encounter of faith and vocation with youth from all over the country," saysMelita Vurden (28).