Why the Clontarf Boys Volunteer each year.

The Chevron City to Surf for Activ wouldn’t be possible without a dedicated herd of volunteers. Each year, our volunteers help the tens of thousands of participants to stay happy, healthy and on course – before during and after the event.

Volunteering at Chevron City to Surf for Activ is as fun as it is rewarding. You can volunteer in pairs – so you and a friend can spend time together cheering for the race participants in your fresh event volunteer t-shirts. Or you can fly solo and meet a bunch of like-minded people as you hand out race bibs before the event or medals afterwards.

If we didn’t have you at ‘fun’, there are tons of other reasons to volunteer. The Activ Volunteer Squad members all have different reasons for volunteering. Some want to get a better idea about the course and logistics for when they run it. Many see it as an opportunity to get involved in their community. Others want to be inspired by the runners, while others want to inspire those who look like they need it.

Maybe some just want a free event volunteer t-shirt – though no one has owned up to that yet.

We recently spoke to Greg Townsend from Karratha Clontarf about what volunteering means to him and the Clontarf boys.

When did Clontarf Karratha first become involved with Chevron City to Surf for Activ?

We started our volunteering journey in 2014 by supporting one of the course Hydration Stations, we have been on-board as regular volunteers ever since.

Can you tell us a bit about Clontarf and its role in the community?

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Our goal is to make their lives better and ensure they have the same opportunities that every other kid has.

Why does Clontarf keep coming back to volunteer each year?

Volunteering gives the kids the opportunity to be seen out in the public, helping and supporting the community. It provides the boys with the opportunity to learn confidence and interact with people they might not normally meet.

Volunteering helps them to learn new skills outside the school environment and it’s a chance for them to have fun – the kids want to volunteer because they really enjoy it! Clontarf keep signing up each year because the teachers see how much the kids get out of it and they want to support and give back to the community.

What would you say to anyone thinking of volunteering in 2019?

You should sign up! It’s great fun for the kids and the adults. It’s also a wonderful feeling knowing you’re supporting your community.

The Clontarf Foundation exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate more meaningfully in society. For more information about the Clontarf Foundation click here.

Ready to sign up?

We’re sure you’ll have a blast joining the Chevron City to Surf for Activ Volunteer Squad. Our volunteers are always heaps of fun and their enthusiasm is infectious. You don’t need any special skills or training – just the desire to give back. A funny one-liner for the runners never hurts either.

There are opportunities to volunteer in both Perth and Karratha in 2019. We need helpers in the days before the event and course marshals for race day in both Karratha and Perth. We need finish area helpers for Perth too.

We’d love to have you and/or your group join our incredible team of volunteers, click here to register.