The historic Birdsville Races has issued a nationwide callout for volunteers to support the 137th edition of the iconic outback event. The Races see the tiny township of Birdsville swell from a general population of 115 to more than 6000 visitors for a two-day, 13-race program. A stacked lineup of film, live music, cocktail parties and Fred Brophy’s travelling boxing troupe is promised, running across 6 and 7 September.
The Races are currently looking to fill volunteer vacancies in a number of important teams, including hospitality, information, marshalling and gates, setup and packdown and transport. Volunteers can nominate to join a particular team, depending on their skill-sets or interests; they can also complete shifts with family and friends. Time commitments start from as little as nine hours and all volunteers will receive an exclusive souvenir volunteer polo shirt and a complementary two-day racing pass, granting them access to all of the exhilarating action at Birdsville’s iconic dirt race track. From punting to partying to Fashions on the Field, volunteers can participate in all of the one-of-a-kind experiences the Races have to offer.
Volunteers are also invited to participate in the ultimate road trip and join the inaugural Birdsville Races Roadies expedition. It is the journey itself that is the true essence of what being a Roadie is all about. This is where Roadies will create memories, make lifelong friends, experience the amazing vastness of the great Australian Outback, and do it all at their own pace with like-minded Roadies.
“So much of the appeal of the Birdsville Races comes from the sense of community that overtakes this tiny little town in the middle of the Outback each September, and there’s no better way to experience it than to get involved behind-the-scenes as one of our valued volunteers,” said Birdsville Race Club Vice President Gary Brook. “Volunteering at the Races has a very social element to it – before, during and after shifts. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, you’ll be welcomed with open arms into the event team and the broader Birdsville Races community.”
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