In 2015, more than 1000 volunteers gave up their time to help make Easterfest happen.
Volunteers sewed cushions, fashioned bunting, checked wristbands, worked on sound and lighting, and manned various festival stalls and areas. Easterfest Event Director Dave Schenk said volunteers account for at least $6000 worth in labour.
“It just astounds me all the time, the team of people that help us make this happen. There are so many people who bring it together,” Dave said.
KidsWorld volunteer Jess Nickles said she had seen the ad on Facebook for volunteers and decided to apply.
“I just called up and said ‘What do I need to do?’,” Jess said.
Volunteers also worked on sound and lighting at several venues outside of Easterfest, including at Grand Central Shopping Centre, and 72 Hours of Praise and Worship in St Stephens Uniting Church.
72 Hours of Praise and Worship sound volunteer Caleb Hugman said volunteering was a great experience.
“It’s really good, it’s great to be part of the community with Easterfest. It’s like a family,” Caleb said.
He said volunteering at the 72 hours also reminded him about what it means to be a part of God’s family.
“It brings back things you sometimes forget,” he said.