There are so many passionate individuals that will come together in April to help ensure that Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest goes ahead as planned.This year, Rebekah Dykes will take part in her first Steamfest as a Maitland Events volunteer after getting involved in the Riverlights Multicultural Festival and the Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival in 2016.

The 26 year old Newcastle student is studying a Diploma of Events Management at Hamilton TAFE and she is excited to get behind Maitland’s most popular flagship event.

She says, ‘I don’t know a huge amount about steam engines and locomotives but I am interest to find out more about the historical background to it all. I know trains have always been so important to the Hunter region so I’m keen to find out more about that.’

Bek says she decided to follow the path of event management because she has always found  the behind the scenes aspect of them fascinating. As a volunteer, she’s come to appreciate the range of challenges involved in putting on an event and she likes the idea of always being on her toes.

Bek also wanted to encourage younger member of the community to take part in volunteering at local events.‘Being a volunteer is great for people of all ages. Whether you’re keen to meet new people, gain work experience or just have fun, volunteering is definitely something you should look into.’

If you’re keen to be a volunteer at Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest or at any other Council run event this year, go to www.steamfest.com.au/get-involved/

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