Locals volunteer for Repco Rally Australia
- 12th March 2009, 8:56am
Residents of the Tweed and Kyogle shires are being encouraged to join a huge community volunteer team to help run Repco Rally Australia next September.
Organisers will need around 1500 volunteers for the 3-6 September rally, which will be the 10th round of the World Rally Championship.
The rallyâ€™s sporting director, Clerk of Course Michelle Gatton, says almost 900 people have offered their services already for a wide range of rewarding roles, from manning roadblocks to chaperoning overseas visitors and staffing the media centre.
â€œVolunteers are a large and vital part of motorsport at any level, but itâ€™s rare they have a chance to be involved with such a prestigious international event as Repco Rally Australia,â€ Ms Gatton said.
â€œItâ€™s wonderful that so many people have actively shown their support for the rally by volunteering already, but there are still plenty of spots available.
â€œWhile there is a core of specialist volunteers who work at many motorsport events, volunteering is a great way for local people also to play a part in the event their community is hosting.
â€œIt encourages community cooperation and pride. The impression they make on international and interstate visitors will be important to the rallyâ€™s success and potential return trips to the region.
â€œVolunteers will find themselves part of the event family at Rally Australia and their contributions will be appreciated and acknowledged by the competitors.â€
Volunteering can give fans an â€œinsiderâ€™sâ€ chance to get closer to the rally action, meet drivers or observe the drama of the service park.
Motorsport experience is not necessary for many roles and training will be provided if required.
People wishing to volunteer should complete an Expression of Interest form, available to download from the Repco Rally Australia website (http://rallyaustralia.com/officials/expression-of-interest-form/) or from the Repco Rally Australia office at ph. (02) 6676 7025.
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