My love of the Olympic Games was cemented in 1992 when I was completely captivated by the Barcelona games.
I videotaped nearly every event, had every magazine that featured the games and even took the day off school to attend the athletes parade. I knew then that my dream job would be to one day be part of the action.
To all the businesses who have closed today in Melbourne, as part of Stage 4 restrictions, and to all the other businesses around Australia who continue to be impacted by closures, we send our love and support.
It is now over four months since our world was turned upside down and our core industry was 'shut down'. We have been (and still are) where you now find yourself so we wanted to share our advice and top tips on how to get through this.
A silent and almost invisible damaging side effect of COVID-19, and the (necessary) social distancing, is the divide it is creating between the young and the old - as well as those located in and out of 'hot spots'.
This is becoming more evident as restrictions start to ease and some parts of the community return to a new type of normal, while other parts of the community continue to lock down for their safety.
Over nine weeks ago, when the world changed, organisations rushed to move their events online - and did a great job to do this.
However in the scramble to adjust, many simple considerations have been overlooked.
Now is the time to stop, take stock and review how you are managing your online events.
This week marks National Volunteer Week, an annual initiative that sees the work of volunteers across Australia recognised and celebrated - and it has been heartening to see the extensive media coverage the week has already received.
While the contribution of volunteer workforces should be recognised and celebrated every day, there is definitely a place for a dedicated week that brings attention to the hundreds of millions of hours donated by millions of people each year.
How the current crisis has created the perfect opportunity for the event industry to get back to basics
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” Albert Einstein
The COVID-19 crisis has had an undisputed impact on the events industry, as events have been cancelled, postponed or moved online.
However this has also provided the perfect opportunity to stop, challenge, question and rethink how organisations plan and deliver events.
This year National Volunteer Week will run from Monday 18 – Sunday 24 May with the theme, ‘Changing Communities. Changing Lives.’
We have created this easy to use toolkit to help you prepare and celebrate National Volunteer Week.
If you need additional help with engaging with your volunteers during this ever changing time, contact us today. We would love to have a chat about how we can support you.