Bianca Dipilato was determined not to let a number get in the way of attending the first Australian Catholic Youth Festival to be held in Adelaide.
The 30-year-old St Teresa’s School teacher was recently disappointed to discover she was over the 25-year-old age threshold for the festival in December.
“I really wanted to go because it was a national event being held in Adelaide for the very first time – what an amazing experience – and I’d never been to one before,” she said.
While she may not be attending as a pilgrim, she will be at the Convention Centre helping an expected crowd of up to 4000 Catholic youth as a volunteer.
“Even though I was too old for the festival, I still wanted to be a part of it,” said the Religious Education teacher.
Indeed, Bianca’s been appointed the festival’s volunteers coordinator and is looking forward to making sure pilgrims from across Australia encounter their best ever ACYF experience.
“I am really excited,” said Bianca. “When I first heard the festival was being hosted by our diocese I immediately thought this could be big for Adelaide,” she said.
“I think it will be a great opportunity to engage young people outside of the Church and hopefully help them realise that there are so many different dimensions to faith and gain a different perspective.”
She is now calling upon all like-minded adults in South Australia and nationally to come and experience the Festival as a helper.
About 80 volunteers are needed each day for different roles including introducing and thanking guest speakers, assisting at the help desk, acting as welcome ambassadors and being the ‘face’ of the festival. Mandatory police checks are required of all volunteers.
A volunteer briefing is being held on September 7 at 7.30pm at the Catholic Education Conference Centre, George St, Thebarton. To RSVP or for more information on volunteering at the Festival contact Bianca Dipilato on 0421 814 187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young people wanting to register for the Festival can visit www.youthfestival.catholic.org.au or contact James Meston on 08 8301 6109.
This article was first published in The Southern Cross newspaper, Archdiocese of Adelaide.