Volunteering to keep eisteddfod tradition alive
AS A kid, Erica Hahn would take to the stage for the Kingaroy Eisteddfod every year.
She cherishes the memories of performing to the community at the Kingaroy Town Hall, first taking the stage when she was seven, and for the last time at 18.
She is now playing her part as a volunteer to ensure the eisteddfod tradition continues.
"I would like the kids to be able to enjoy what I enjoyed as a child,” Ms Hahn said.
"Without volunteers it won't happen and it would be so sad to see it die.”
When Ms Hahn competed in the music section of the eisteddfod, everything was hand-written.
Her volunteer role now involves helping with the computer work, printing certificates and programs.
"It was a big community event and unfortunately it is getting smaller and because of a lack of volunteers it is getting harder and harder to run,” she said.
"This hall used to be packed and now we are lucky to have 30 people. When you get older you appreciate the opportunities that you had.”
For Ms Hahn, one of the best parts of performing in the eisteddfod was the friendships she madewith her fellow competitors.
She now lives in Brisbane but returns to Kingaroy especially for the eisteddfod, and as a volunteer is getting to know new people in her home town.
"It is nice to be able to help out. I have known the ladies for so long and now I am one of them,” Ms Hahn said.
"I am getting to know people that I would always see on the street and my mum would know them and now I know who they are.
"There is always connections within volunteering and there is also that sense of giving back.”
Volunteering is a chance for Ms Hahn to step out of her comfort zone and she encouraged anyone interested to give it a go.
"The world is not going to end when you make a mistake. It is a good way to get out there get to know people and see what is happening in the area,” she said.