Vol­un­teers needed at Birdsville

Western Times - - NEWS -

NEW op­por­tu­ni­ties are on the hori­zon in the lead up to the 135th Birdsville races, af­fec­tion­ately dubbed ‘The Mel­bourne Cup of the Out­back.’

The iconic event, run over the first week­end in Septem­ber, is search­ing for vol­un­teers to help the event raise funds for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice of Aus­tralia, a char­ity that pro­vides vi­tal med­i­cal sup­port to re­mote ar­eas.

The week­end com­bines an ex­hil­a­rat­ing 13 race pro­gram with live mu­sic, cock­tail par­ties and a Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion, draw­ing a 7,000 strong crowd to the event yearly.

Vol­un­teers can choose when and how they ded­i­cate their time by choos­ing their avail­abil­ity and ar­eas of in­ter­est prior to the event.

In re­turn, all vol­un­teers will re­ceive a free pass to the two day event and a polo shirt to keep as a sou­venir.

“Vol­un­teer­ing is one of the most re­ward­ing and ex­cit­ing ways to ex­pe­ri­ence all the magic of the Birdsville Races,” said Gary Brook, Vice Pres­i­dent, Birdsville Race Club.

“When you work be­hind-the-scenes, you get a deeper in­sight into the com­mu­nity and her­itage of the Races – the unique and won­der­ful char­ac­ters, the sense of ca­ma­raderie, and the huge ef­fort that goes into putting on an event of this scale in one of Aus­tralia’s most re­mote and dis­tinct cul­tural heart­lands,” said Mr Brook.

Vol­un­teers can reg­is­ter at www.birdsviller­aces.com /Vol­un­teer, those in­ter­ested are re­quired to be 18 years-of-age or over.

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