AS preparations for this year’s Shoalhaven City Eisteddfod get under way the president has called for members of the community to help save the 29-year-old event from folding.
While not wanting to alarm people president George Windsor said if more people didn’t become actively involved in the committee there was a very real risk the region’s major performing arts event might not continue.
“I am concerned that we need an infusion of new faces on our committee and a significant increase in volunteer helpers to fill the 2013 roster in August,” Mr Windsor said.
“Several of our faithful, enthusiastic and hard-working team members are stepping down for a variety of reasons and they must be replaced in order to ensure the eisteddfod continues beyond 2013.”
Mr Windsor has been involved with the eisteddfod for about 16 years and has been president for 11 years.
He is determined to keep the event alive and refuses to step down until he is confident there are enough people on board to continue its success.
“We need people to put their hand up to assist in the organisation of the eisteddfod.
“We also need people in the first three weeks of August to assist in convening the events, arranging rosters, organising stationary and assisting on the day to be door secretary and announcers, recorders and cashiers,” he said.
Being on the committee involves taking part in monthly meetings.
“For more than 30 years there has been an annual opportunity for performers to compete in vocal, instrumental, dance, speech and drama competitions,” Mr Windsor said.
The eisteddfod is about to launch the 2013 syllabus with the eisteddfod scheduled for three weeks in August.
Anyone who would like to be involved should phone Mr Windsor on 0412 930 405.