“Many festivals and events depend upon volunteers to make them possible. Volunteers put the community into community events.”
Steven Wood Schmader, CEO of the International Festivals & Events Association

New South Wales has hosted some of the biggest and most successful events in Australia. Part of the secret of the success of these events has been the dedicated volunteers who’ve helped make them happen.

What does being an event volunteer involve?

Many of the biggest and most successful events depend upon event volunteers, as do numerous awareness-raising and fundraising activities conducted by not-for-profit groups. These include Red Nose Day, Daffodil Day or the Red Shield Appeal. Event volunteers also get involved with public events like festivals, forums, seminars, street fairs, parades, and all sorts of sporting, cultural and art events.

To make sure these events run smoothly, event volunteers are usually recruited by not-for-profits, councils or government bodies and event organisers to undertake a wide variety of roles. Volunteer roles in events include just some of the following:

  • Spectator services
  • Marshalling
  • Drink station attendants
  • Logistics
  • Pre-event office assistance
  • Registration

Anyone who volunteers or wants to volunteer can be an event volunteer if they have interest, a useful skill and the time.

We only refer our event volunteers to events supporting local government, community groups and not-for-profits, to ensure volunteers are not exploited or involved inappropriately in raising money for the private sector.

Events The Centre has supported

The Centre for Volunteering has made its mark and referred on potential volunteers to a wide range of events in Sydney, including:

  • The Royal Easter Show
  • Daffodil Day
  • Red Nose Day
  • Masters Swimming events at Homebush and Blacktown Swimming Pools
  • St George / BRW corporate triathlon at Mrs Macquarie’s Point
  • City to Surf
  • Surry Hills Festival
  • Haldon Street Festival
  • CERES Festival
  • Wesley Mission’s Spirit of Mission dinner
  • The Sydney Swans Community Games at Telstra Stadium
  • Museums Light Up Sydney!
  • The Bali tribute ceremony – collecting money for The Red Cross at the Domain
  • City of Sydney NYE
  • NSW Premier’s Forum on Spinal Chord Injury and Conditions, Keynote speaker Christopher Reeve (January 2003)
  • The Flora Sydney Marathon
  • Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games