Living in Halle-Germany and spending her vacations in Alanya working on Social projects and writing articles in a newspaper as well, Gerda Oyen praised Alanya in German newspapers. Mayor Hasan Sipahioglu presented a gratitude plaquette to Gerda Oyen for her support and sympathy for Alanya and remarked on Oyens being a volunteered publicity envoy, a Turkish comrade and a helping hand. Alanya Foreigners Department Board spokesman Julia Alaettinoglu was also present during the plaquette ceremony.
Last year, Oyen meeting with Alanya Mayor Hasan Sipahioglu and explaining her projects also worked on volunteered projects when she returned. Gerda Oyen giving information about her contacts with Halle Mayor, she also provided Mayor to attend Halle Handelsfestspielen festival and was very glad to host him. The speech made by Alanya Mayor Hasan Sipahioglus regarding the political and economic issues at Halle festival and news about his contacts still takes its place in German press.
An interview with Gerda Oyen was published in German Mitteldeutsche newspaper. In the article Oyen mentioned with pride about Alanya and Alanya Mayor Hasan Sipahioglus great support and assistance.
Gerda Oyen interpreted Mayor Hasan Sipahioglus visiting her in Halle as crowning of a 66 year old retired person and also said that she is ongoing a social project in Alanya. Gerda Oyen working on volunteered projects after her retirement such as sisterhood of cities and social projects remarked in her statement in a newspaper that she was pleased and excited to receive the sympathy of Alanya Mayor Hasan Sipahioglu. Alanyas volunteered publicity envoy Oyen is preparing for her new visit to Alanya.