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Volunteers re-live 2000 Sydney Olympics

The 15 September re-lived the Sydney 2000 Olympic games to celebrate its 10th Anniversary. People who once volunteered at the past event found their names on the forest of poles outside ANZ Stadium and went on a walk through the Stadium surrounded by screens playing memorable moments of the Games. There was also a barbeque, the chance to reunite with old friends at the Sydney Showground, followed by video presentations, entertainment, and re-lighting of the cauldron.

"The Hunter region has a proud history of supporting local sport, with many of our regions sporting activities relaying on the contribution of volunteers. It's no wonder that many of the 30,000 of Olympic volunteers came from this area", says the manger of the Hunter Volunteer Centre, Tony Ross.

Tony Ross takes the opportunity to add the Hunter Volunteer Centre's voice to the recognition chorus to those Olympic Volunteers who showed to the world what a community spirit could. It is estimated that around 7000 volunteers were from the Hunter Region, therefore one in every six volunteers who contributed to the games.

"Many volunteers travelled hours everyday, not just to be part of Olympic fever, but wanting to ensure that these games were truly the People's games. Games that reflected the warmth and friendless, with everyone happy to be part of a big community. It is the same everywhere, volunteering is as varied and diverse as the communities we live in. The Olympic games demonstrated dramatically what can be achieved when people get involved".

If you want to find out more about becoming a volunteer, or the variety of volunteer roles available, contact Hunter Volunteer Centre, attend our Bridge to volunteering information sessions or explore our website. We can take the leg work out of volunteering.