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Volunteering campaign offers Olympic rewards

30th March 2010

Thousands of people will receive an exclusive preview of the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony for giving their time to help good causes.

The new 25th Hour campaign is calling on people to find extra time in their schedule to carry out voluntary work in their professional or personal life.

People who make an outstanding contribution to the initiative will be given a range of rewards, with one of the highlights being 2,012 pairs of tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Games' opening ceremony.

Tessa Jowell, minister for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, said millions of people want to be involved with the event and the 25th Hour scheme offers them a unique chance to do this by helping their community.

'It's not just for people who like sport either. Whether you love culture, education or the environment, this is a movement everyone can be a part of,' she commented.

Last week, a new UK-wide competition was launched to offer young filmmakers the chance for their work to be showcased at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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