31 January 2024. Press release OEISAPDDHH – Brussels. The worldwide premiere of a heartwarming documentary titled “Operation: Do Something About It” will take place this Saturday at the Church of Scientology headquarters, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The film showcases the efforts of Scientology’s Volunteer Ministers (VMs) over the two years particularly their impactful work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa and around the world. From distributing supplies to disinfecting public institutions their mission has been to combat the spread of the virus and uplift communities that are in need.
Ivan Arjona, Scientology representative to EU institutions and the UN expressed admiration for the resilience and compassion displayed by these Volunteer Ministers during this crisis. Their unwavering support brings hope and assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
The documentary also delves into the origins of the VM program, which can be traced back, to L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. In the mid-1970s Hubbard envisioned creating a group of individuals guided by principles who could provide relief from various forms of spiritual and mental distress.
Their motto, which is “Something can be done about it ” perfectly captures the spirit of the VMs who are dedicated, to addressing issues such as drug abuse and human rights violations. Through efforts with authorities and non-profit organizations, they have made a significant impact.
In South Africa than 500,000 individuals have enrolled in VM courses and nearly 25,000 have become certified members after completing the comprehensive 19-course program. This documentary acknowledges these accomplishments while also encouraging others to join this movement.
Arjona pointed out that the strategies employed by VMs to tackle health and environmental crises can serve as inspiration for campaigns in cities. Their focus on fostering community bonds aligns well with the values of solidarity cherished in Europe.
Although the premiere, in Johannesburg, will be broadcast to Scientology congregations, “this documentary carries a message that resonates universally. That through compassion and collective determination, communities can thrive beyond borders” said Arjona.