Volunteers needed for trail ride

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Registrations have now opened for volunteers for this year’s Wanaka Trail Ride and the Upper Clutha Community is encouraged to get involved.

Now in its fourth year, the ride is suitable for riders of all ages and abilities and is made up of tracks across Deep Creek, Long Gully and Lindis Peak Stations.

The ride is a fundraiser for Wanaka Primary School and Montessori Children’s House.

In the past three years, $80,000, has been split between the two schools.

The event also gives $1 per rider to the Wanaka RSA.

Volunteer co-ordinator Gillian White said the funds had allowed both schools to upgrade their outdoor areas.

This year’s event needed more than 100 volunteers for a range of different roles, she said.

Tasks ranged from catering and parking marshals through to more specialist positions such as track markers.

The event was organised by a team of volunteers who put in hundreds of hours, she said, but roles on the day could be for shifts as short as three hours.

Most people who were involved came back each year, she said.

“We set it out from the start to offer a really experience for volunteers.

“Some have been involved since the beginning.”

Feedback from volunteers at previous events had said it was a fun and social way to raise money for the schools, and the event had also drawn praise for getting more fathers involved, she said.

Helping out on the day was also a way to see areas that were normally not accessible to the public, she said.

The trail ride will be held on Sunday, April 22.

Online pre-registrations will be available from March 12.

For more information or to register as a volunteer, visit www.wanakatrailride.org.