Volunteering for Yamathon Staff – Miyu Kameyama
On May 13, I joined the Yamathon as the volunteer staff, not as a participant. By joining as the staff, I experienced how hard it is to make the event exciting and also understood a little about how work with adults in the real society.
Seeing my mom, who has been joining for the past 3 years, getting exhausted after walking Yamathon, I’ve never thought doing such a tough challenge. This year, my mom suggested me to join the event as a volunteer. I like volunteer job, so I decided to apply.
After meeting Mr. Manfred whom I was in contact with, my volunteer job for the last eleven hours began. During breaks, I joined with the group called IVG (International Volunteer Group) members and had some tea at Starbucks, and ate lunch. My job was to cheer the teams, guide the finished teams, inform the results, and hold the goal tape. I really enjoyed the tasks so much and worked so much that others became worried and forced me to take breaks.
Through volunteer work, I became aware of what I could do for the society, what skills I could use, and understood that the adult society doesn’t work as I expected. Not only knowing my capabilities, I also realized how great Yamathon was. As I wrote at the beginning, I was feeling negative about the whole event. I never understood why people enjoy walking around the Yamanote line. To me, they were just doing it to tire them out. However, I saw people in all teams showing happy faces when they finished walking. I also felt really happy and great that I had waited for my friends coming back. When I met my friends returning to Tokyo Station and walked with them to the finishing point, I had a strange sense of feeling that was almost like a dream, but I can’t express more. I think everyone who joined Yamathon shared the similar sense of happiness. Yamathon was a fantastic event that brings warm smiles to both staff and participants.
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