Volunteer looking forward to Cricket World Cup

BEN STRANG
Last updated 05:00 12/04/2014

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Retired Te Aroha man David Wright is looking forward to the buzz he will get when he volunteers for the Cricket World Cup in Hamilton next year.

The 71-year-old has put his hand up to help in any way possible during the Hamilton matches, as he has done at rowing events, and during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Be it driving umpire's boats at Lake Karapiro or welcoming visitors to Hamilton and pointing them in the right direction during the World Cup, Wright said he's just happy to help out.

"I'm retired now, so it's nice to get out and do something. It keeps you young," Wright said.

"I enjoy meeting and talking to people and so on. I'm happy to do anything I can to help during the cricket."

Wright worked at Fonterra for 34 years before retiring in 2008, and keeps busy with his volunteer work.

Along with the big events that he gets involved in, he is also preparing to volunteer again at Mystery Creek, where he has worked at the Fieldays and Equidays in the past.

He said when he saw an advertisement asking for volunteers next year, he had to put his name forward.

"I like cricket. I haven't played since I was a schoolboy, but I've always enjoyed the game.

"I saw something on TV, and thought that sounds like me, so I put my hand up.

"During the Rugby World Cup I was meeting and greeting people as they got off buses, and sending them in the right direction for Waikato Stadium.

"Once the game was finished, I'd then send them to the closest pub to celebrate. It was great to meet new people and help out in an event like that.

"You do feel a lot of satisfaction just being involved."

Hamilton will host three matches during the Cricket World Cup next year, between South Africa and Zimbabwe on February 15, India versus Ireland on March 10, and New Zealand against Bangladesh on March 13.

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