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Seniors Games needs help

Colin O’Brien (at left, in white) and his fellow Aldergrove Over-60 soccer team mates are practicing at Aldergrove Athletic Park to get ready for the BC Seniors Games, coming up Sept. 9-13 in Langley. The Games will bring competitors from across the province and the organizers are also eager to hear from community members who wish to volunteer at the big event. - HARRY HUNT PHOTO
Colin O’Brien (at left, in white) and his fellow Aldergrove Over-60 soccer team mates are practicing at Aldergrove Athletic Park to get ready for the BC Seniors Games, coming up Sept. 9-13 in Langley. The Games will bring competitors from across the province and the organizers are also eager to hear from community members who wish to volunteer at the big event.
— image credit: HARRY HUNT PHOTO

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; and 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/.

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