Colour Me RAD was a bit of a mixed bag for me. A portion of the proceeds from the Toronto event went to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) and I signed up after a friend passed on the volunteer information. Or, rather, I tried to. The first time I filled out the volunteer form (through the event website), nothing happened. I never heard back from the event organizers. However, about a week before the event, I got the BBBS newsletter with a call for volunteers and thought I might as well give it another try. That produced two volunteer shifts (I thought it was an either/or when I signed up, but oh well!). As I found out later, both the organizer and the charity had their own volunteer teams, though how exactly that worked is still a mystery to me. All I know is that my experience wasn't the same on the two teams.
After that experience, I wasn't looking forward to wasting another day, but I made a commitment and it wasn't awful enough for me to back out last minute. My second shift was on the second race day and this time around the BBBS volunteer coordinator kept me with her all day and the experience was vastly different. Not only was I introduced to everyone at my station, but she kept an eye out for me all day to make sure I was enjoying myself. Night and day as far as my experience with the event was concerned. Most of our BBBS tent team ended up on the colour bombing squad pelting runners with coloured powder when it turned out that not enough Colour Me RAD volunteers had shown up. While this was a lot of fun, it was also exhausting and a greater commitment than you think when you factor in the clean-up requirements (yourself included!...plus the associated car, laundry, and home cleaning).
|These didn't keep out very much|
|We were seriously coated in this stuff|
|Check out the teeth!|
WHAT: Colour Me RAD Toronto
WHERE: Downsview Park
WHEN: June 22+23, 2013
COST: $50-60 for runners; free to volunteer
INSIDER TIPS: Those who volunteers on one of the pick-up days had the option of running in the race for free. If you do run, be sure you bring something to protect your face when you run because you will be running through clouds of coloured corn starch. As far as volunteering in general is concerned, try testing out a few organizations by volunteering for one of their events before making a greater commitment. It's a great way to test them out and see if their corporate culture is a good fit for you. If it's not, the time commitment is limited and it's very easy to walk away after the event is done without having to "break up" with them.
|The pink colour-bombing squad, including our awesome BBBS volunteer coordinator|
|AFTER the first clean-up stage. Not a sunburn.|