The Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship is set to go this week, but organizers are still looking for volunteers to help out with this year’s event.
“If you had fun at the bass tournament last year and you want it to continue we need help to make it happen,” Kathy Cuthbertson, a director of the FFCBC board, stressed.
“[So far] it is just the directors really and maybe a dozen volunteers that we are expecting because they volunteer every year, but very few are officially signed up to help,” she added, citing that they are currently down the 80 involved last year and up to 600 volunteers in years past.
“Right now we’re running on a very small core group and we are looking for volunteers to fill all kinds of positions,” she remarked.
Cuthbertson said there is a great deal of flexibility in being a FFBC volunteer, but each person who signs up is asked to dedicate at least two hours of their time to the event.
“People can help out at any point of the day, we appreciate any number of hours that volunteers are willing to contribute to the success of the tournament,” she noted.
“Directors are involved from 5:30 in the morning until after the bars close at night, so there are 21 hours of the day where we need help.”
She admitted that volunteers are already busy and there’s no shortage of things to do with tasks ranging from doing boat checks to selling drink tickets, bartending, or clean-up.
“We can put teenagers to work all the way up to seniors with all kinds of different things we need help with,” said Cuthbertson.
“Volunteers will be fed while they are doing their shifts and given a T-shirt,” she continued. “We try and do what we can to show appreciation.”
Cuthbertson outlined that volunteers are invited to sign up under the big tent on Wednesday, July 23, where Boston Pizza will provide complimentary pizza for those registering.
“We need all of the help we can get to fill all sorts of positions and we are hoping to have the majority of them signed up during the [allotted] time on Wednesday,” she said.
“This event is completely non-profit and everyone is a volunteer,” added Cuthbertson.
“We are all doing it because we want to have events to go to in town and we want the bass tournament to continue here.”
Those unable to attend the registration and interested in getting involved can do so by calling Cuthbertson at 275-6989 or logging on to www.canadianbass.com and filling out an online registration form.