We’ve always said that the Whaka 100 has such a passionate community that it feels like we’re its guardians rather than owners. This shared passion for community is how we got talking to Holland Beckett Law, our newest partner for this October’s event.
Holland Beckett Law as Community Partner will supercharge the Whaka 100 volunteer programme, which sees over 200 individuals from across the country come and help put a smile on the faces of 3,000 athletes and their supporters. Many community groups use the opportunity to fundraise too.
Rotorua Partner, James McDougall shares “At Holland Beckett Law we value our people, our clients and our community; creating excellence together. Joining the Whaka 100 event as Community Partner means we can work together to develop a top-notch experience, not only enhancing an event which builds our local community and economy, but encourages those volunteering to carry that energy out into their communities.”
Holland Beckett Law has a history of community work. Whether that’s using their expertise in pro-bono work, providing sponsorship, helping shape positive change as members of community leadership groups, or simply rolling up their sleeves and mucking in to do the mahi on their team’s dedicated community day.
“That’s why we’re so excited to work with James and the firm” exclaims Tim Farmer, Whaka 100 co-owner and race director. “Our community of volunteers make the Whaka 100 what it is, from behind the scenes to race-side. They’re the smiling help at the start line, to the cheering marshals as you crest that big hill, and putting that medal over your head as you cross the finish line victorious”.
“We love our volunteers,” Farmer adds, “Regardless of experience, age, or amount of time donated - volunteers are rewarded for their hard work with exclusive goodies, prizes and more. We must be doing something right as they come back year on year, chasing that feel-good factor.”
If you’re interested in volunteering at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest mass-participation mountain bike event, see all the roles available here.