How to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more details.

There are many ways that you can volunteer, please see below for some of the ways you can do so. If you have any other ideas of how you can help out, please let us know! There is documentation to support many of the roles, found in the resource section.

We hold a volunteer afternoon tea at the end of every year to thank volunteers for all the work they do. Without volunteers, we would not be able to run our events.

General

Bucket Cooking

A few weeks before a bush event, we normally organise a bucket cooking day. This is where we get together in a hired kitchen to assist with cooking the buckets of soups or stews we then serve at the events.

Go to our bucket cooking page to find out more.

Event Blogs

If you have participated in an event, you can write an event report that we can publish on our website to share your experiences.

Committee Member

There are a wide range of activities that committee members carry out. These can be formal roles such as those listed on the contact us page. Other committee members assist in all the odd jobs needed to get a rogaine completed. Meetings are typically held a couple of weeks before each rogaine with a possible additional one over the summer.

If you have a particular passion, whether it is numbers, social media, mapping or working with software you can definitely assist on the committee!

General Help

We run on a fully volunteer basis and a lot of the tasks fall to committee members to complete. However, there are plenty of one off tasks that others can help with. This could be as simple as updating some of our resources. If you have some time and are available to assist with a discrete task, please contact us. If there is a particular area where you think we can improve, you are welcome to provide suggestions and work with a committee member to progress your idea.

Planning an Event

Event Coordinator

The event coordinator is usually a member of the SARA committee who assists the volunteers during the planning of an event. The event coordinator can participate in the event (provided they haven’t had a sneak peek at the map!).

Setters

The setters choose the location for an event, talk to landholders to organise permission to access properties, and get the fun job of deciding exactly where the checkpoints should go on the map. They are the ones to blame as you slog up a hill to find a checkpoint on the summit! Setters also take a leadership and communications role during the event, delivering a briefing at the start and reading out the results at the end. Lots of support is provided to help novice setters, including mentoring from experienced setters. Detailed guidelines and GPS units are provided. Setting an event is a great way to take your rogaining to a new level. People will tell stories about your event for years to come!

Vetters

Vetters check a draft map for accuracy, safety and enjoyability. Vetters generally need to be available in the lead-up to an event and need to be confident in their navigational ability. Sometimes vetting is done on the ground and sometimes ‘armchair’ vetting is done purely by looking at the map.

Mapper

The mapper is someone who is good with mapping software and able to work with the setters to produce the map. Sometimes the course setter is also the mapper. Software, a mapping laptop and support documentation are all provided, along with help from experienced mappers.

Helping at an Event

Hash House Leader

The Hash House leader takes responsibility for one of the most important aspects of any event – the food! They lead a big group of volunteers who prepare and serve food during and at the end of an event. Detailed guidelines are provided, and often the food is prepared in advance by other volunteers or provided by a local group. This is a coordinating role, with lots of help available.

Hash House Helper

Hash House helpers help prepare and serve food during and after events and help pack up at the end. They are the most popular people at a rogaine when they dish up delicious, hot food to hungry competitors!

Admin Leader

The admin leader leads a team of volunteers who are responsible for team registration at the start of the event and collating results at the end. Full training is provided in admin processes and software. The admin team also takes a coordinating role in the safety procedures for an event.

Admin Helpers

Admin helpers are involved in registration processes at the start of the event and collating team results at the end of the event. They also help monitor the emergency satellite phone during bush events. Being involved in admin is a great way to meet other rogainers and hear all the best stories first-hand from teams as they finish.

Safety Loop Driver

The safety loop driver usually has access to a 4WD vehicle and gets to drive around the safety loop picking up lost or injured rogainers and dropping off water at water drops. Sometimes this is way more fun than doing the event itself!

Towing

We often need assistance towing the trailer or toilets to events. For the bush events, you will be compensated for the additional cost in fuel.

Thank-You to All Our Volunteers!

A huge thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers in 2023!

  • Adam Kilpatrick
  • Al Sankauskas
  • Alan Bilney
  • Alison Ramsey
  • Amelia Purvis
  • Amy Williams
  • Ann Ward
  • Anne Horgan
  • Arthur Ward
  • Barbara Baker
  • Bob Ellis
  • Bruce Greenhalgh
  • Callum Hue
  • Carol Such
  • Cath Docker
  • Catherine Maier
  • Chris Franklin
  • Chris Sprod
  • Clive Arthur
  • Colin Baker
  • Colin Corbett
  • Craig Colwell
  • David Ottway
  • David Powell
  • Detlif Ringwaldt
  • Don Vinall
  • Doug Gillott
  • Emma McCambridge
  • Erik Schartner
  • Erin Humphris
  • Evelyn Colwell
  • Guy Schubert
  • Heather Toma
  • Helen Vinall
  • Jan Hillyard
  • Jason Morton
  • Jenny Casanova
  • Jenny McInerney
  • Jo Powell
  • Joe Milne
  • John Such
  • John Toma
  • Jon Smith
  • Josie Smernik
  • Joy Corbett
  • Judy Sprod
  • Karen Wishart
  • Katrina Bean
  • Kay Haarsma
  • Keith Humphris
  • Lewis Carter
  • Luke Finn
  • Margaret Sprod
  • Marian Arthur
  • Mark Corbett
  • Mark Ramsey
  • Michael Woodward
  • Mike Round
  • Minky Cockshell
  • Nick Hunt
  • Olivier Fahy
  • Pat Velaitis
  • Paul Hoopman
  • Peter Geelen
  • Peter Milnes
  • Richard Sprod
  • Rob Tucker
  • Rosalie Hunt
  • Ruth Ambrose
  • Ryan Edwards
  • Sarah Linton
  • Shannon Packer
  • Shanti Osborne
  • Sigrid Attenborough
  • Stephen Gray
  • Stephen Warren Smith
  • Steve Cooper
  • Sue Milnes
  • Trent McInerney
  • Wayne Chettle
  • Zara Soden
  • Zita Sankauskas