If you’re good at math or at greeting people, the 2014 Tim Hortons Brier volunteer team wants you.
Volunteer chairman Norm Daley said Thursday he still needs 75 people to fill out the needed 500 volunteer spots for the event, which is set for March 1 to 9, 2014.
“We’re pretty pleased with where we’re at. We have 425 of the 500 we need. And we’re five months out,” he said.
The two areas where help is still needed are banking and bar services.
Daley said the latter is a surprise, as the Brier Patch bar is usually an easy sell for volunteers age 19 or older.
“It’s like hosts and hostesses, seating and clearing tables and making sure people know where things are,” he said.
“The Brier Patches are a lot of fun, there’s live entertainment. Everyone’s happy.”
And sometimes connections are made.
Daley recalled being at a Brier Patch in another city several years ago with a friend who was down in the dumps over a relationship breakup. Daley suggested he talk to the hostess. The friend and the hostess are now married with three kids.
Banking volunteers need some math skills, but nothing too involved. They have to count coins and cash, and there will be some training provided.
In total, volunteers are asked to put in about 24 hours over a five- to six-day stretch.
Volunteers can sign up online by going to http://www.curling.ca/2014brier-en/volunteer/
This Sunday, there’s a volunteer rally for those already signed up to get measured for their uniforms. The rally is from1 to 4 p.m. at the Double Tree hotel downtown.
The Brier involves 12 teams competing for the grand title. An additional 2,500 people are expected to come to Kamloops to watch and cheer.
Whether it’s volunteering, sponsoring or watching, people from Kamloops should get out and support the event, he said.