Indigenous music legend Jimmy Little has been named as one of nine official Ambassadors for World Youth Day Sydney 2008 (WYD08).
The Ambassadors have generously volunteered their public profile and time to help promote WYD08 around Australia in the lead-up to the July event.
The WYD08 Ambassadors are:
Carla Zampatti, Fashion Designer
Jared Crouch, AFL Sydney Swans player
The Delezio family – Ron, Carolyn, Sophie and Mitchell
Matthew Hayden, Australian cricketer
Amelia Farrugia, Opera Singer
Mark Bresciano, Socceroo Player
Stephen Moore, Wallabies Hooker
Jimmy Little, Musician
Dr John Herron, Former Ambassador to the Holy See and Ireland, and Chairman of the Australian National Council on Drugs
The Archbishop of Sydney and Chairman of the WYD08 Local Organising Committee, Cardinal George Pell, said he was honoured to welcome aboard such a wonderful group of people as Ambassadors for WYD08.
“Our Ambassadors represent a variety of fields and have celebrated remarkable achievements in areas as diverse as sport, fashion design, charity work, musical performance and diplomacy,” said Cardinal Pell.
“Their demonstrated abilities and history as impressive Australian role models make them ideal choices as the faces of this international celebration.
“I know that they will help us encourage all Australians – young and old – to get involved in World Youth Day and reap the myriad rewards that this magnificent event has to offer,” he said.
For more information on the WYD08 Ambassadors please visit http://www.wyd2008.org/index.php/en/about_wyd08/ambassadors
Sydney will host the 23rd World Youth Day from 15-20 July. Organised by the Catholic Church but open to all, WYD08 is expected to attract 500,000 people to the Final Mass before Pope Benedict XVI on his first visit to Australia.