Sydney Eisteddfod volunteer Elisabeth Pidd - winner of the Centre for Volunteering Senior Winner Award 2016
National Volunteer Week is on from May 8 to 14 and Sydney Eisteddfod would like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to all the volunteers who help make our annual Festival possible!
Who better to talk about the wonderful role volunteers have in our organisation than one of our longest-standing helpers? Drummoyne’s Elisabeth Pidd fell in love with Sydney Eisteddfod in 2003 and hasn’t looked back since.
Due to her continuous support, Elisabeth received the NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year Award (Sydney Inner West Region) in 2016 from The Centre for Volunteering, which is an incredible achievement!
What motivated you to become a volunteer?
I had been going to the Ballet Scholarship finals for a few years and in 2002 I learned volunteers were needed and the timing was right for me. I wanted to do something in the arts where my interests lie and I felt young people in the arts needed help. Sydney Eisteddfod works to help these young people with prizes and opportunities to perform to a different audience other than their parents, teachers and local schools.
What are some of the roles you have performed as a volunteer for Sydney Eisteddfod over the years?
I started out for the first few years doing marshalling, ticket seller and doorkeeper roles. Along the way I learned how the organisation works and all the different roles. My favourite jobs are session secretary and session manager.
How did you feel when you were announced the recipient of the NSW Senior Volunteer of the Year Award?
I felt embarrassed when I was announced as the winner as I don't really like being in the spotlight. I was surprised when Divya (Sydney Eisteddfod Production Manager) said she wanted to nominate me.
Did you enjoy being recognised for your efforts?
It’s nice to know that one is recognised even though it doesn't have to be like this.
What do you love about being a Sydney Eisteddfod volunteer?
I thoroughly enjoy what I do and I feel I am contributing in a small way to entrants going further in their chosen field. And I have learned a lot about how someone gets in their chosen field. The passion is there but it’s not an easy road for them.