Volunteer army being sought to put Moray and Highlands on world map

People from throughout the Highlands and Moray are being offered a unique opportunity to help promote their home region to a world-wide audience.

Volunteers are being sought to help ensure that the World Orienteering Championships (WOC2015) being held in the Highlands and Moray in 2015 presents the best possible image of Scotland to thousands of international athletes and guests.

As was the case for London’s Olympic Games in 2012 and will be for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer, volunteers are the key to successful events.

At a local level it was also the skills of local volunteers that was rightly credited for the massively successful European Pipe Band championships in Forres over the last two years.

Now a call has been issued for volunteers to come forward and help WOC2015 reflect all that is great about Scotland and its people.

“The event centre will be at the new University of the Highlands and Islands campus while races will take place within an hour of Inverness – with some being held in Forres and Nairn,” WOC2015 volunteer coordinator Linda Cairns said.

She added: “We are expecting over 5000 competitors from around the world to descend on the Highlands and Moray in August 2015.

“What we need are individuals or groups from clubs, teams and businesses to join our event team. If you are a local company that would like to work with us and support WOC2015 with employee time and skills then we want to hear from you as well.”

Volunteers are being sought for a wide range of tasks from helping out in the event’s central office to acting as supervisors at race check points.

With the eyes of the sporting world being very much on the Highlands and Moray in the build up and during WOC2015, people with a leaning towards journalism, blogging, photography and videography as well as social media are also being sought.

For full details on WOC2015, volunteer opportunities available and an application form people are asked to visit http://www.woc2015.org/volunteers.

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