Our friendly volunteers help to make the Whaka100 possible. They share the participants special moment of achievement and are a memorable feature of the event day.
Teresa Wilson has volunteered three times and has made a memorable impact with her dress ups and friendly approach to the role.
Q. What inspired you to volunteer?
A. To be helpful in running a safe and fun event, provide support in a role that might be seen as less 'interesting' than being at the event base.
Q. Why do you choose to do it?
A. I'm not a competitor, volunteering allows me to be involved in an activity I enjoy. I have the two best supporters join me in my role as a volunteer. Seeing the competitors at all levels compete in the hardest event. The response and interaction of riders - they're so thankful, some even give us hi-5's just for being there.
Q. What is your favourite memory volunteering at the Whaka100?
A. I have good memories of all Whaka100 events - but probably the response to our 2018 outfits from riders & supporters.
Q. What would you say to people who are thinking of volunteering?
A. Have a go, let the other volunteers know it's your first time but don't be nervous - confidence builds each time you volunteer, the designated 'volunteer manager' will answer any queries and/or concerns you have. I was super nervous the first time I volunteered for NDuro Events, it gets easier each time (I get louder each time!) but mostly there isn't much to do other than encourage and direct riders and chat to other supporters. Be honest about how much or how little you are prepared to do so the event/volunteer manager can organise around this.
Sign up to Volunteer and be part of the event here