More Than Gold UK - London 2012
David Willson, CEO of More Than Gold, 2012 said, ‘This is by far the largest contribution from churches to any Olympics. Thousands of Christians stepped up to the mark, working together to engage with their communities and welcome visitors to a level never seen at any previous Games.'
Through More Than Gold, London 2012
- Churches gave 13,000 hours of voluntary service to travellers. This came from a team of 300 Games Pastors at ten major railway stations, two airports, a coach station and key tourist sites.
- Family members of athletes enjoyed more than 2,000 nights of free hospitality.
- Around 500,000 people attended community events run by churches including big screen festivals, family fun days and sport-based children's clubs.
- Churches gave out 500,000 bottles of water to visitors and 9,100 cups of water were given out during the three marathons.
- In addition 440 hours of free live performance, 233 hours of street art and 434 days of exhibitions were available. This came from 30 teams of musicians and creative artists, involving over 350 people from 30 nations in 40 venues.
- Working alongside the churches were over 2,100 mission and service volunteers who came from 40 countries.
‘This has also been a very positive experience for the churches themselves. Many have been seen in a new light by their communities, now have a new sense of confidence, and are experiencing more people taking an interest in what they offer,' David Willson, CEO, More Than Gold 2012.