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Volunteers all set for the Games

02 Nov 05 01:49
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Today up to 15,000 proud and passionate volunteers will find out their roles and the parts they will play in Victoria’s biggest sporting and cultural event – the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

The excitement is building as volunteer roles, venues, rosters, training commitments and uniform and accreditation collection times are released from today to all volunteers across Australia and the Commonwealth.

The volunteer workforce for the Games is now completely fulfilled and the breadth and depth of the roles available to volunteers is enormous. Volunteers will be based across Melbourne’s CBD, at sporting grounds, within the public domain and at regional Victorian sporting venues, and every role is integral to the success of the Games.

Appointed volunteers can now log onto the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games website www.melbourne2006.com.au and access the Volunteer Portal using their log-in to find out their Games time roles, their scheduled uniform and accreditation sessions, their training commitments and their rosters for Games time. If volunteers do not have access to the internet they can call the Volunteer Hotline on 1300 00 2006 and press option 3 or ask to have their information sent to them by post.

Over 600 training sessions will be held in early 2006 by Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Official Training Partner for the Games, to cater for the myriad roles and venues that will be active during the Games. Due to the complexity involved in trying to accommodate the preferences of almost 15,000 individuals, all volunteers will need to be open minded about the roles and locations that they have been asked to fulfill. Requests to change roles or venues will not be accepted.

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Chairman, Mr Ronald J Walker, wished volunteers all the best as they complete the next steps of their Games journey.

“We have been moved by the way volunteers have embraced the Games’ spirit and are so keen to get into training for their role at Games time next year,” Mr Walker said.

Federal Minister for the Arts and Sport, Senator Rod Kemp, said he was delighted with the response of volunteers coming from as far away as Wales in the United Kingdom.

“Volunteering for the Games is an opportunity to showcase Australian values to the world, to demonstrate our unity, commitment, can-do attitude, friendliness and good humour,” Senator Kemp said.

The Federal Government has provided $18.2 million towards the volunteer program as part of an almost $280 million contribution to stage the Games.

Official sponsors of the volunteer program include Toyota, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Yakka and Qantas.

The Minister for the Commonwealth Games, Justin Madden, said the strong response to the volunteer program demonstrated the growing enthusiasm for the Games.

“Games volunteers show us all how important it is to get involved in the community and to get involved in big events that will leave a legacy of a lifetime for us all,” Mr Madden said.

The Victorian Government has committed $697 million to deliver lasting benefits from hosting the best Commonwealth Games ever.

Australians will still have a chance to volunteer through other community based opportunities at www.volunteersearch.gov.au or www.govolunteer.com.au. For Victorians, further information on how to be involved in local activities related to the Games can be found at www.dvc.vic.gov.au/commonwealth_games.

Around 15% of volunteers will come to Melbourne for the Games from interstate, with the majority coming from New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.

For further information on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, go to www.melbourne2006.com.au.

ENDS

For further information on the volunteer program or an interview with an appointed volunteer in your suburb/region please contact:

Emma Smith
Program Coordinator – Media and Publicity
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
03 9613 2006
0409 004 372
emma.smith@melbourne2006.com.au

Michelle Coffey
Program Manager- Media and Publicity
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
03 9613 2006
0400 914 516
michelle.coffey@melbourne2006.com.au

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