Organising an Olympic Games is expensive, even more so if the hosts have to budget for the human resources necessary to carry out the various tasks and referee some 300-odd competitions. It is for this reason that the Olympic movement has instituted the principle of appealing for volunteers to help with the organisation.Therefore the success of the Australian promoters during the Sydney Games owes much to the 50,000-odd volunteers who lent them a hand.People from around the world, both young and old, volunteered their services. They guided spectators to their seats, showed them around and raised their spirits. Their work was applauded by all the spectators in the Olympic stadiums, and the day after the events finished they paraded in the streets of Sydney to the cheers of the crowd.It should be pointed out that only 2% of volunteers in New South Wales left before their work was done. A third of volunteers had completed their duties at the Atlanta Games four years earlier.