Cups over­flow for vol­un­teer

Central Leader - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

Nicky Mathiesen vol­un­teer­ing.

Whether it be small com­mu­nity driven projects or large scale events like the Rugby World Cup, she loves to be in­volved.

‘‘I like giv­ing back, I’m in a for­tu­nate po­si­tion that I’m time rich and I have the time avail­able to do it,’’ she says.

‘‘I like to see that I can make a dif­fer­ence.’’

The Rugby World Cup is the largest event Mathiesen has been in­volved with.

The Mt Eden res­i­dent also vol­un­teered at the Whit­bread Round the World Yacht Race in 1994 and has ap­plied to be a vol­un­teer at the up­com­ing Cricket World Cup.

‘‘With big events like the Cricket World Cup you think, how can one lit­tle per­son make a dif­fer­ence?

‘‘But you need lots of those one per­sons to make it work,’’ she says.

‘‘It’s a big event to show­case Auck­land and to show­case New Zealand and I re­ally want it to be a suc­cess.’’

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will run from Fe­bru­ary 14 to March 29 in Aus­tralia and New Zealand and is one of the world’s big­gest sport­ing events.

About one mil­lion fans are ex­pected to at­tended matches.

‘‘Vol­un­teers are in many cases the face of the tour­na­ment for fans, me­dia and of­fi­cials,’’ Therese Walsh, head of New Zealand for ICC Cricket World Cup says.

‘‘It’s a great way for Ki­wis to be in­volved in the Cricket World

loves Cup and help show­case the rich di­ver­sity of our com­mu­ni­ties.’’

Meet­ing new people is what Mathiesen loves most about vol­un­teer­ing.

‘‘Be­ing in the uni­form you can just walk up to people who are in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors and just meet them, talk to them and be friendly and help­ful,’’ she says.

‘‘I’m very pas­sion­ate about New Zealand and I just want to make sure people are en­joy­ing it and be­ing looked af­ter.’’

Mathiesen has worked in the ac­cred­i­ta­tion side of vol­un­teer­ing at large events but there are dif­fer­ent ar­eas people can ap­ply to work in in­clud­ing event op­er­a­tions, me­dia and broad­cast op­er­a­tions, spec­ta­tor and fan ser­vices, trans­port and hos­pi­tal­ity.

Prospec­tive vol­un­teers will be in­ter­viewed in May and suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be trained in Jan­uary. About 450 vol­un­teers are needed in Auck­land and must be 17 years or older.

Friendly face: Nicky Mathiesen has ap­plied to be a vol­un­teer at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

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