Wear orange and say WOW in thanks to our SES heroes

Wear Orange Wednesday will say thanks to the SES including Neil Para, Gary Hickson, Barry Gradkowski, Stephen Blood, Jordan Bush. Picture: Lachlan Bence
Wear Orange Wednesday will say thanks to the SES including Neil Para, Gary Hickson, Barry Gradkowski, Stephen Blood, Jordan Bush. Picture: Lachlan Bence

THE Ballarat Town Hall will be flooded in orange next Wednesday and residents are encouraged dress up brightly to say thanks to all our SES volunteers.

Wear Orange Wednesday on May 23 is a national day of thanks to emergency services workers who support communities in times of flood, storm damage, landslides, road rescue, search and rescue.

In Ballarat, the 80 volunteer members were called out to 459 requests in the past 12 months and across the state, there were 31,710 incidents where the SES attended, working out to more than 300,000 operational hours..

WOW is held each year during National Volunteer Week and encourages Australians to dress in orange as a show of thanks for this invaluable contribution.

VICSES chief officer operations Tim Wiebusch, said the national campaign is an important day of appreciation for our volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time and skills to helping their communities during their times of greatest need.

“Every day our volunteers are prepared to drop everything and put on their orange overalls to respond to requests for assistance from their local communities,” Mr Wiebusch said.

“Wearing orange on 23 May at your workplace, school or wherever you may be, will show appreciation for our volunteers, along with the families and employers that make this support possible.”

To share a message of thanks to VICSES volunteers this WOW Day on facebook or twitter use the hashtag #thankyouSES and #WOWday.