Help and earn at expo

Ann RawlingsCountryman
Mingenew Midwest Expo board member Helen Blake.
Camera IconMingenew Midwest Expo board member Helen Blake. Credit: Justine Rowe

Mingenew may be in its title, but those behind one of the State’s biggest agricultural events say the Mid West is at its heart — especially when it comes to volunteers.

McIntosh & Son Mingenew Midwest Expo has put the call out for volunteers from across the region, with those who step up to the task able to raise funds for their community.

Each person who volunteers at the event on August 14-15 will be awarded an hourly rate of pay, which they can donate to a community group or sporting club of their choice.

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With up to 2000 volunteer hours needed each year to set up and pack down the venue, attend the gates and feed the masses, expo board member Helen Blake said it was an opportunity for groups from across the Mid West to chip in and up the ante in their fundraising efforts.

“Volunteers are integral to Mingenew Expo, with the success of the event directly attributable to the generous way in which they donate their time,” she said.

Volunteer earnings in the past have helped partially fund construction of new netball courts in Mingenew and renovated a building used by the local playgroup.

The event also helped unite communities from across the Mid West, Ms Blake said.

“On the surface, expo is a brilliant commercial opportunity for local and Mid West businesses,” she said.

“It is also prime source of fundraising for community groups through members being paid for volunteering their time, widening the scope of fundraising beyond their own town.

“Expo is the culmination of what like-minded people can achieve when they work together.”

Working together is something Mingenew Shire chief executive Nils Hay knows the value of, with the Mingenew Recreation Centre set to host a Thank A Volunteer ceremony and community barbecue next Thursday.

“If it wasn’t for our volunteers, so much in the shire wouldn’t happen,” he said. “We have more than 30 volunteer groups and clubs and a lot of these people are on multiple committees.”

To volunteer for the expo email admin@mmwe.com.au or phone 9928 1138.

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