Volunteers help turn the tide for Rivafest
WHEN Kim Vincent agreed to volunteer at last year's Ballina Rivafest, she never imagined it would be so rewarding.
But she enjoyed it so much that she has put her name down for a second dose of volunteering, and is encouraging other locals to do the same.
Event co-ordinators need 50 people to help make this year's Rivafest a success.
“This is Ballina's only major festival, so to be able to help make it happen by volunteering is really rewarding,” Ms Vincent, business development manager at the Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber in Ballina, said.
“I received more from volunteering than I could have ever imagined. It gives me a great sense of pride and personal enjoyment.”
The festival will be held on Sunday, November 30, beside the Richmond River in Fawcett Park, from 10am to 9pm.
It will include the annual fundraising duck race, regional cuisine, entertainment, rides, an indigenous welcome, displays, workshops and water activities.
Ms Vincent said working with people, being part of a team and celebrating your community were all in a day's work when you signed up to volunteer at Rivafest.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, November 29, and Sunday, November 30. To register call Katie Hanna at the Ballina Shire Council on 6686 1446, or go to www.ballinarivafest.com.au
The Northern Star is a sponsor of Rivafest.