World Youth Day sets up shop
Sydney's World Youth Day organising committee have announced the opening of an online shop to sell branded "WYD08" merchandise and to raise funds to support pilgrims.
Merchandise branded with the colourful World Youth Day 2006 (WYD08) logo will include t-shirts, polo shirts, caps, stationery sets, key rings, bags and magnets.
Coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher said yesterday that from past experiences, the branded items are enormously popular and is a good way to fundraise.
"Local fundraising is a major component of community involvement in World Youth Day", he said in a statement.
Church-recognised groups can get online approval to buy WYD08 merchandise at special prices, which they can then sell as part of their fundraising efforts to support WYD08 pilgrims.
"It's a tremendous way to help young people in your own community raise some money towards their participation in WYD08 in our own country," Bishop Fisher added.
The online shop (www.wyd2008.org) includes a special section for official WYD08 fundraisers designed to encourage Church-related groups to use WYD08 products to help raise funds for pilgrims attending the Sydney celebrations in 2008.
Bishop Fisher said he hoped that many parishes would also extend their Australian goodwill overseas by raising funds to assist pilgrims from poorer nations come to Sydney in 2008.
"For many of our close neighbours, the Sydney celebration will be a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to actually attend a World Youth Day; we hope to help bring a significant contingent of people from our Oceania region to Sydney," the Bishop said.
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27 Sep 2006