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Volunteers needed for B.C. Seniors Games

With less than a month to go until the Langley 2014 B.C. Seniors Games , the push is on to secure a few hundred more volunteers.

The organizing committee is about halfway to the goal of 1,500 volunteers for the Games, which run Sept. 9 to 13, said Michael Jackstien, the vice-president of the Games.

"Our push is to get the number of volunteers up," Jackstien said.

Volunteers can commit as little as a half a day to working the full week.

"From directing participants along race-routes to helping at the awards podium, there is something for everybody and all age groups," said Games' president Milt Kruger.

The organizers are also challenging local groups to support the Games with employee volunteers.

"The Games are a perfect way for companies to give back to the community through team participation," Kruger said.

"Several organizations are already participating, but there is a need for more."

Two of the main areas more help is needed in are medical services and transportation.

And for those without first aid, the Games organizers have a company which will train potential volunteers, Jackstien said.

As for transportation, no special license is needed as the organizers have a fleet of 35 cars, ready  to drive competitors to and from the venues.

Other areas volunteers are needed include:

• sport set up and management

• lost and found

• traffic control

• security

• hosting and medal presentation

• results centre

• participant accreditation

To register as a volunteer, either go to the Games office (101 20560 Fraser Hwy.) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to Friday), phone 604-533-8065 or email volunteer@bcsg2014.com.

Volunteers offered free first aid training

Valley First Aid will offer free first aid certification to people who sign up as medical volunteers for the BC Seniors Games this year.

“I believe business owners in the community have a responsibility to give back where they live, work and play,” said Valley First Aid’s Rick Barnett, who is also volunteering at the Games.

Barnett is offering WorkSafeBC’s Occupational First Aid Level 1 to people who sign up as volunteers in the medical directorate for the 2014 BC Seniors Games, to be held in Langley Sept. 9 to 13.

In order to take advantage of the free offer (a $90 value), volunteers must provide a minimum of 16 hours over the five days of the Games.

The full-day course will be held at Valley First Aid’s Langley location, and volunteers can choose from two Saturday options: Aug. 16 or Aug. 30.

The certification is valid for three years.

“We have a passion for what we do — we have a passion for first aid,” said Barnett.

Valley First Aid’s highly qualified instructors also support a number of community events by attending and providing free coverage, but this is the first time the company is actually certifying others in the community as volunteers.

The 27th annual BC Seniors Games will be held in Langley this Sept. 9 to 1 3, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to support the 3,800 athletes aged 55 and up who are expected to compete.

In order to take advantage of Valley First Aid’s offer, please contact Corry Anderson-Fennell, volunteer management chair for medical, at corry.anderson-fennell@kpu.ca or call 604-599-2840.

 

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