NEUHAUS: “LIMA 2019 HAD THE BEST VOLUNTEERS IN THE WORLD”
The 18,000 volunteers who participated in Lima 2019, from July 26 to September 1, have given the best impression of Peru with their unconditional support for the athletes, Para athletes, tourists and spectators who came to Lima.
Carlos Neuhaus, President of the Lima 2019 Organizing Committee (COPAL), stressed that the support of the volunteer team to the Pan American and Parapan American Games organization was essential for both events to achieve international success.
“I thank you infinitely for all your efforts and for having positioned Peru at the top with the greatest Games in history. We have shown that Peru has the best volunteers in the world,” a thrilled Neuhaus concluded during the Lima 2019 Volunteer Integration Festival, held at the National University of San Marcos.
Additionally, the president of COPAL highlighted that Lima 2019 has set a precedent by turning volunteering tasks into a key element for Peruvian society to achieve, with a view to the future, new goals at a continental level.
“From now on, volunteers will be essential for Peru’s development. For the Bicentennial of Peru’s Independence, we will have this amazing group of people once again,” he said amidst the ovation and cheers of the volunteers who gathered at the National University of San Marcos.
Meanwhile, the Head of the Lima 2019 Volunteer Program, Ángela Morales, pointed out that the 18,000 volunteers who participated were the main hosts of the Games, as they showed one of Peru’s most characteristic features: hospitality.
“They internalized the message that they would be the image of Peru before the entire continent, and they made it possible for athletes, Para athletes, tourists and spectators to be welcomed with joy and to have an unforgettable stay in Lima,” he said excitedly.
After the speech, the atmosphere became filled with joy with the choreography and music shows offered by Vania Masías and Lucho Quequezana.
Later, renowned bands Los Inyectores and Son Tentación also joined in the celebration. The closing act was the band Bareto, who treated the delirious audience to their catchy tropical rhythms.
Minister of Transport and Communications María Jara Risco, Minister of Education Flor Pablo, and Minister of Women Gloria Montenegro were also in attendance at this event.