Call goes out for carnival volunteers

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by Claire Allison

The Caroline Bay Association is putting the call out for more volunteers to help run the Caroline Bay Carnival.

The association is holding its annual “helpers meeting” in the association rooms at 7.30pm on November 28, and is open to all offers of help.

President Allen Martin said that while traditionally the association had asked people to sign up to volunteer for the entire carnival period, the organisation understood that for some people that was not possible.

“People work all year, and they need their time off, so they may be able to help a little bit, not a lot. We’d prefer to have them the whole way through, but we’re happy to accept all offers of help.”

Mr Martin said there was a variety of roles to fill – picking up artists from Christchurch airport, working in the kitchen, helping direct traffic, or marshalling spectators at the New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

“Someone might be able to come and work in the evenings, or maybe spend the odd afternoon in the kitchen. There are various jobs we need some help with.”

Mr Martin said for some volunteers, the carnival had became a family affair and at least two families this year had three generations volunteering.

Several volunteers had clocked up more than 50 years’ service to the association.

“Most of the bay association volunteers – probably 60% – would work fulltime. All the key people, the committee and the people who do the key jobs, they all have nine-to-five day jobs.”

Volunteering at the carnival was a useful addition to the CV, he said. Certificates of service were provided, and association members were often asked to be referees.

Anyone wanting to get involved can either attend the helpers meeting, or message the association via Facebook, or email through the Caroline Bay Association website.