Europa-Jugendtag 2009

Neuapostolische Kirche - 21. bis 24. Mai 2009 in Düsseldorf

News added 03/14/2008

9.000 beds in churches and privately


The people responsible for accommodation can now breathe a sigh of relief as they have achieved their interim goal of finding a minimum of 9,000 beds for the European Youth Day.

Around 5,200 youth will be accommodated privately, while another 3,400 will spend their nights in churches and 400 in alternative accommodation. On top of that there are 20,000 beds available in the seven youth camps on the exhibition grounds, which means Düsseldorf can sleep a total of 29,000 youth.

District Evangelist Helmut Manthey, accommodation project group leader, remarked: ‘We would like to thank all those who offered their accommodation over the past couple of months. Especially the district leaders who put in a special effort to make this all work.’

However, the goal has not yet been reached, as a total of 40,000 participants are expected and around 34,000 will need accommodation. Many will have to travel over long distances. Therefore another 5,000 beds are still to be found.

The city of Düsseldorf has offered to sleep our youth in schools and gymnasiums should we fail in finding our target accommodation, but the project group would much prefer to offer private accommodation. Helmut Manthey said: ‘We are happy to accept further offers including invitations from families who do not belong to our faith, but would like to accommodate some of our youth.’ He appeals to friends and neighbours of our members able to house our young people and asks them to send in their detailed information.

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