October 16, 2020 – The international volunteer project “72 hours without compromise” started yesterday in Zagreb. In the next 72 hours, young people from all over Croatia will use their strength, talents, and volunteering to help change their local community.
As Hina reports, the project officially began on October 15, 2020, with Holy Mass at 6:30 pm in the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Jordanovac, Zagreb. It is organized for the seventh time and it will last until Sunday, October 18, 2020.
The project will gather 3000 young volunteers from 12 Croatian cities – Zagreb, Split, Osijek, Zadar, Krk, Dubrovnik, Karlovac, Križevci, Metković, Sinj, Sisak, Slavonski Brod – and one municipality, Suhopolje.
“The very goal of the project is to gather young people and make them aware of the importance of volunteering, listening to the needs of others, and participating in concrete changes,” reads the official statement.
On Saturday and Sunday, volunteer actions of a working, social, and environmental type will take place, the statement said. Volunteers will spend two days arranging schoolyards, building wheelchair ramps, painting houses, painting benches, and cleaning up the environment.
“In this way, the whole of Croatia will be given the gift of solidarity, love, commitment, and sensitivity. As this year’s project slogan says ‘Be a change’, so young people will make a difference in their communities,” reads the statement.
“72 hours without compromise” is the largest international volunteer project that animates young people and promotes solidarity, togetherness, creativity, and volunteerism. It was devised and launched in Germany in 1995 when a few young people decided to find a way to encourage youth to volunteer and help those on the margins of society.
The project is being implemented in about ten European countries – Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Switzerland.
In the seven years since the project was implemented in Croatia, more than 10,000 volunteers have participated, collaborating with numerous civil society organizations, social institutions, and school institutions.