Volunteering at the eisteddfod could be just your cup of tea

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Eisteddfod committee members Glenys Paterson, Jenny Manning, and Margaret Williams want more volunteers to help them. Photo: JEFF DEATH                                                                                                        0705jdvolunteers1

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Eisteddfod committee members Glenys Paterson, Jenny Manning, and Margaret Williams want more volunteers to help them. Photo: JEFF DEATH 0705jdvolunteers1

AS the City of Orange Eisteddfod draws closer, preparations for the event are well underway, but volunteers are still needed to help run the competition.

Every year the  eisteddfod committee relies on a group of dedicated volunteers to help behind the scenes, selling tickets, managing the stage and green room, and helping with office duties. 

Committee members will host an information meeting at Orange’s Five Ways Uniting Church hall on Saturday for anyone interested in lending a helping hand to the committee.

President Margaret Williams said anyone is welcome, regardless if the have   previous experience or not.

“The benefit of volunteering with us is that you can do as much or as little as you want,” Mrs Williams said. 

“You fill out a timetable with the days that you are available and you get as many or as few days as you like.”

The annual competition runs from August 4 until September 7, beginning with the speech and drama sections. 

Every day of the competition, there are six or seven volunteer positions to fill for each sessions, with at least three sessions a day.

“We’d love to get some younger volunteers,” committee member Glenys Paterson said, while committee member Jenny Manning added: “The more the merrier.”

“It’s great to think you can support young people in this way,” Mrs Paterson said. “It wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have our core of volunteers.”

All volunteers will be given a booklet outlining the duties of each job, and a committee member will be on hand to assist those who are unsure.

The information session will begin at 3pm, and afternoon tea will be provided. For further information, please contact Margaret Williams on 6362 6635 or Jenny Manning on 0407 614 022.

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