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The Manitoba Summer Games are just 59 days away.

That means that in 59 days, athletes from the Parkland will be going up against the best athletes from across the province in several sports including volleyball which will be played at Credit Union Place and track & field which will take place at the DRCSS. Many of the top facilities in the region will be used for the event that will welcome hundreds and hundreds of athletes, families, and their friends to the Parkland.

As we inch closer, volunteers are still needed. People with Class 1 or 2 licenses are welcome to register to drive the bus while Mayors are still needed for each village. Your duties as Mayor include organizing the welcome centre and being the first point of contact.

Cam Bennet is among those who will be volunteering and he says doing so is a great way to give back to the community.

"I have always been a big believer in volunteering and giving back to the community," said Bennet. "You just look at what we have because we hosted back in 2004. Vermillion Park Sportsplex, the track, and that's now being added to."

If you are interested in volunteering but you have time constraints, there are options for you. Even if you can only lend a hand for one day, Bennet says you should register.

"Not even just during the Games, we are looking for volunteers before the games, we have a lot of potatoes to cook," said Bennet with a chuckle. "After the Games, we are going to need help with tare down and putting everything in trucks and whatnot. So whether you can volunteer during the event or before or after, we appreciate it."

If you are interested in helping out, head to volunteer

The Manitoba Summer Games 50/50 raffle is also ongoing with the next raffle being on August 14 after Phase 1 of the Games. The jackpot will be drawn at the Closing Ceremonies on August 17. You can get details and purchase your tickets at Manitoba Games 50/50. 

As a part of the Manitoba Summer Games Report that airs Thursday mornings at 9:15 on 730CKDM, stay tuned in the coming weeks as local athletes and coaches will be featured as we inch closer to the Opening Ceremonies so everyone can enjoy a week that will certainly be remembered forever.