‘We want you!’ Volunteers needed for Birdsville Races

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Fun and games ... Birdsville volunteers get a unique insight into the iconic racing event. .

The Birdsville Races is one of the most iconic grey nomad ‘bucket list’ events and an increasing numbers of long-term travellers are choosing to enjoy it as an ‘insider’.

With free passes and a unique opportunity to make friends on offer, volunteering to help ensure the event runs smoothly is proving irresistible  to many.

“We get quite a few grey nomads, the organiser of the volunteer program, Callum Boase, told the Weekly Times. “It’s a way of getting to see a side of the event that most people don’t get to see, to become a part of the Birdsville Races community in a way that is really rewarding.”

Now in its 136th year the festival, which will take place on August 31-September 1, raises much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

Organisers say they always try to ensure that volunteers’ skills and interests are matched to the work they are given.

“There’s more manual, practical jobs, like set up and pack down, there’s marshalling, hospitality, and retail like souvenir sales: there’s something for everyone,” Mr Boase said. “The event is mainly run by volunteers, and it is one of the best ways of participating in the Birdsville Races, and of making friends at the event.”

There is always a mix of volunteers ranging from people that have been volunteering for quite a few years to people who just do it as a one-off, and they come from all walks of life, and are of all ages.

Volunteers can nominate to complete their shift with friends and family, and in line with a particular skill-set or area of interest. Depending on the team, volunteer time-commitments start from as little as nine hours.

The Weekly Times reports that, in return for their efforts, volunteers receive an exclusive souvenir volunteer polo shirt and complimentary two-day racing pass, granting them access to all of the exhilarating action at Birdsville’s famed dirt racetrack — from punting and partying to Fashions on the Field.

Approximately, 7000 visitors descend on the tiny Outback QWueensland communit6 each year to enjoy the 13-race program, and a jam-packed schedule of entertainment and activities including yabby races and street parties.

Volunteer registrations are live now at www.birdsvilleraces.com/Volunteer

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