The Inverell Toughen Up Challenge will benefit from a grant from the Department of Social Services Volunteer Grants. The $5,000 grant will purchase removable barrier fencing and hi-vis safety vests for its volunteers. Lynn Lennon from Pathfinders and a volunteer on the Toughen Up committee said, “The event isn’t possible without volunteers. Ensuring their safety and the participant’s safety is paramount to a successful event.”
The Toughen Up Challenge has been running for four years and relies on 70 volunteers to run the event. Volunteers are responsible for planning of the event, set up of the obstacle course, safe road crossing, manning individual obstacle stations, keeping spectators outside the course, ensuring welfare of participants, undertaking sign-on at registration, emcee-ing on the day, providing water for participants, issuing of directions and a million small details on the day.
“We are only able to retain and expand our volunteer workforce if we can provide them with equipment and tools that will minimise their and the participant’s risk of harm,” said Lynn.
The aim of Inverell Toughen Up Challenge is to raise funds for equipment, improve infrastructure of existing amenities, or building of new infrastructure within Inverell. This funding is available to non-profit organisations located in Inverell. Expressions of Interest will be sent out to interested parties in June this year.