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Of the 1,200 volunteers who will be involved in the staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) in the island next year, 94 will be utilised by the Transportation Committee for the Jamaica Local Organising Committee (LOC).
Other volunteers will be assigned to areas such as accommodation, accreditation, information booth, magnetometers, media, sight screen, meet and greet, ushering, venue operation centre, and as translators.
“No event such as this can operate without a large number of volunteers and we have to have many of them to effectively execute our plans,” Major Desmon Brown, Chairman of the Transportation Committee said at a recent press briefing at the offices of the Jamaica LOC.
He explained that all volunteers working in the area of transportation would be provided with detailed briefs outlining job descriptions, among other pointers. “They will know what they are responsible for, who they report to and what are their specific duties and times, so that they clearly understand what their responsibilities are,” Major Brown said.
Elaborating further, he said that volunteers would be located all around the event sites. Those persons who would be working outside of the venue, would work on a two-shift basis, while the others working in the office would work on one shift.
“We will also have someone in the venue control centre at the stadiums to monitor things. For instance, if a match finishes early, obviously we will have to have the buses there early, so they will monitor and then relay what is happening to the persons outside,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, persons are being encouraged to become involved in the volunteer programme, otherwise referred to as CWC VIBES. Applicants must be 18 years and over.
Application forms are available at www.cricketworldcup.com as well as at CWC 2007 Inc. on St. Lucia Avenue in New Kingston, Jamaica Cricket Association, the National Registry of Volunteers and the offices of the Social Development Commission (SDC) in western Jamaica. Forms are to be completed and handed in at the headquarters of Jamaica LOC at 11a-15 Oxford Road by August 31.
Applicants will undergo security screening, which will be carried out by the ICC CWC Security Directorate. Following this security verification, applicants will be notified and receive information regarding the training schedule. Training will focus on three areas – cricket, country and job specifics.
Jamaica has been awarded the Yellow Package and will be required to host next year, four warm-up matches from March 5 to 9, the opening ceremony on March 11, six first round matches between March 13 and 23, and one semi-final fixture on April 24.