August 27, 2008
The Scientology Volunteer Minister Eastern European Goodwill Tour began a new phase of operation with a grand opening in the city of Cluj Napoca in Romania. With their bright yellow tent set up in Mihai Viteazul Square, they are reaching out to the people of the region with 19 courses to help improve conditions in their lives.
For 3 years the tour has been holding large events in coordination with local and national authorities, the Red Cross and other volunteer organizations throughout Eastern Europe. They visited Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and Poland before arriving in Romania.
"The purpose of our tour is to introduce the Scientology Volunteer Minister Program to every country in Eastern Europe where it is not yet known, because it presents solutions to so many of the problems people face today," stated Diana Stahl, Public Relations Director of the Volunteer Ministers Program in Eastern Europe.
Over 15,000 Romanians learned about the Scientology Volunteer Minister program when they set up their tent in Bucharest, Craiova, Constanta and Iasi. "I could describe the Volunteer Minister program this way," said a social worker from Caritas, Iasi. "They make the world a better place to live! They helped me know myself better and have more courage to help others!"
The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Eastern European Goodwill Tour is part of an international program that not only helps people resolve their own problems but encourages them to reach out and help others get involved in volunteer work such as disaster response.
It is a social program of the Churches of Scientology and over the last 30 years has grown to a worldwide movement with international impact.
The Scientology Volunteer Minister Program today involves over 100,000 volunteers from more than 114 countries spanning any national, ethnic, social and religious background.
L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the movement, described the Scientology Volunteer Minister in these terms: "Of course, if one is going to find fault with something, it implies that he wishes to do something about it and would if he could. If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it. He can become a Volunteer Minister and help civilize it, bring it conscience and kindness and love and freedom from travail by instilling into it trust, decency, honesty and tolerance".
For further information, contact:
Director of Public Relations
European Scientology Volunteer Minister Goodwill Tour
tel: +40 720 518 115