NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / January 31, 2023 / News from the International Olympic Committee
The Paris 2024 Organizing Committee has launched a charity ticketing program that will give people living in low-income households a chance to experience next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Through a partnership with a French charity People Reliefeveryone who buys tickets to Paris 2024 will have the opportunity to donate an additional two euros to the initiative, which will be used to pay for tickets and travel expenses of beneficiaries who would otherwise not have the means to attend the Games, including families, youth, elderly and disabled people.
The program will help Paris 2024 realize its goal of making the Games open and accessible to as many people as possible and has been developed in consultation with French entrepreneur and philanthropist Alexandre Mars – Paris 2024 ambassador and board member.
“We want as many people as possible to be able to experience the Games and feel the emotions and sense of togetherness that they bring,” said Paris 2024 President Tony Estanget. “To achieve this goal, Paris 2024 has launched a number of initiatives to enable people living in low-income households, who are often excluded from major sporting events, to attend the Paris 2024 Games in person. This charity ticket scheme, which we have created in partnership with the entrepreneur Alexandre Mars and the French charity People Reliefwill help us keep the Games Wide Open by giving the whole public a chance to participate in this great show of solidarity.”
The charity ticketing scheme, which will be launched when sales of Olympic ticket packages begin on 15 February, will operate during each phase of the public ticketing programme.
Donations will be collected from People Relief, which was founded in 1945 and is dedicated to fighting poverty and discrimination in society. The charity’s work includes widening access to sport for disadvantaged children, while it has also benefited from similar charity ticketing schemes, enabling thousands of people to attend previous major sporting events.
“People Relief is delighted to benefit from the charity ticket scheme initiative,” said Thierry Robert, national secretary of the charity. “The scheme will offer young people and people in low-income households the chance to experience the thrill of live sport at the Olympic and Paralympic Games games. For 78 years, sport has consistently been a key pillar of our actions in support of solidarity. With your support, this solidarity initiative will give People Relief the resources to take further action and expand our actions around sport.”
As part of its ambition to open up the Games to as many people as possible, Paris 2024 has already created a number of initiatives so that those who would normally miss major sporting and cultural events can attend the Games in person. They are in line with Olympic agenda 2020 + 5 aim to strengthen the universality of the Olympic Games.
The initiatives include an affordable ticket pricing structure, with tickets for all sports available for just €24 for the Olympics and €15 for the Paralympics, with around 50 percent of public tickets costing €50 or less. In addition, the Organizing Committee provided direct funding for the purchase of 100,000 tickets for disadvantaged members of the public, while enabling host local authorities to acquire one million tickets to support their social projects related to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games ..
The Paris 2024 Olympic Games will be held from July 26 to August 11, and the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will be held between August 28 and September 8.
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