Artur Parfenchikov welcomed the volunteers from Karelia who took part in the World Youth Festival

20 thousand people from different countries took part in the international event. Karelia was represented by 49 participants and 25 volunteers.

On March 7, the largest international event, the World Youth Festival, ended. It took place in the federal territory “Sirius” by the decree of the Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to develop international youth cooperation. 20 thousand young leaders, among which there were activists and representatives of business, media, education, science, international cooperation, culture, volunteering and charity, sports, and other fields, took part in the festival. Karelia was represented by a delegation of 49 people.

The festival was assisted by 5 thousand volunteers from all over Russia, including 25 people from Karelia. On March 10, they were met in Petrozavodsk by the Head of the region, Artur Parfenchikov. He thanked the lads for participating in the festival and expressed his confidence that they had gained valuable experience that they could effectively apply in practice.

– We are glad to welcome you to our native Karelian land, – said the Head of the region. – Our volunteers confirmed their high status and became the best at this significant event.

The head of the volunteers, Evgeny Kustov, presented Artur Parfenchikov with Cheburashka, a memorable souvenir that became the mascot of the World Youth Festival 2024.

– We are proud to have been involved in a great event aimed at strengthening friendship and peace with almost 185 countries. Our volunteers distinguished themselves in such positions as transport logistics, catering, flow control, attachés of foreign delegations, and even worked with people with limited mobility, – said Evgeniy Kustov.

The festival participants shared their impressions of the World Youth Festival and told about their future plans. After the main program of WYF-2024, the republic will host the regional festival “Deystvuy!”, where the volunteers and participants who have returned from Sirius will become the ambassadors of the festival’s ideas and pass its legacy on to the young people of Karelia.