HCA NEWS Marathon reading picking up steam

Despite its altered starting time, preparations for the marathon reading at Christian's Church in Copenhagen at the beginning of April are picking up steam.

By Mikkel Stjernberg - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 06 March 2003

Preparations for the marathon reading at Christian's Church in Copenhagen are getting up a full head of steam. Pastor Flemming Pless, who initiated the event scheduled to take place at the beginning of April this year, is working to bring in well-known Swedish actors, among others, to read aloud at the event.

Apropos, as the Swedish media have demonstrated great interest in recent months.  For practical reasons, he has had to move the starting time to 4 p.m., Friday, April 4.

"Every once in a while, you have to throw open your arms and hope for the best. If your hopes are realized only after you see the result, then you?ve achieved more than most," says Flemming Pless, making reference to the fact that agreements are not yet in place with all the readers.

However, the plan is still to have up to 50 celebrities read aloud as many Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales as possible over several days in the church. Without interfering with the its other scheduled events - for example, church services on Sunday.

"For the church service on Sunday at 10 a.m., we have arranged to have defense attorney Merethe Stagetorn come and speak about love. We will immediately thereafter go on with the marathon reading of Hans Christian Andersen," says Flemming Pless.

He adds that he naturally hopes a lot of people will come to the church and that the event will benefit the organization Doctors Without Borders. A ticket to the event costs DKK 50 for a single day and DKK 100, if you would like to take in all the readings in the marathon.