Originally Posted by PhilOssophy
Why? So if I volunteer to throw out water bottles at the Marathon next year, you think that should guarantee me an entry?
Do volunteers at music festivals get free tickets for the following year? No.
Do the volunteers who do the soup run for the Simon Community get something in response? No.
People volunteer the length and breath of the country, be it in GAA clubs or football or rugby or whatever clubs. They expect nothing in return. Why is this different? I know people who volunteer in football clubs in Dublin and didn't get a sniff at an All-Ireland ticket this year, they just got on with it.
Yes, as pointed out, as a voiunteer at music gigs and festivals, I get free entry and can watch whatever I want before or after my shift. And I get free beer.
St John's Ambulance, Order of Malta, etc - all get to enjoy sports, music and other events for free.
And volunteers look out for volunteers - even if it's "only" my local parkrun, the person who brought along the cake will make sure the timekeepers, token person and barcode scanners get offered cake before the participants do.
And see the bit where I mentioned "not free"? Just, like, the option
of an entry? Obviously, it would have to be paid for.