Cups overflow for volunteer
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.