Wear Orange to Work Day
ORANGE cupcakes, orange balloons and orange shirts were out in force yesterday, a small token of thanks to the many SES volunteers who help their community in times of emergency.
Wear Orange to Work Day, known as WOW Day, is a national event when anyone can show they appreciate the work of volunteers.
SES region controller Caroline Ortel said it wasn't a fundraising event, simply a chance for people to say thank you.
Yesterday local volunteers escorted SES mascot Platy Platypus and dropped in on several businesses in Grafton for a surprise visit.
Bunnings, ESP Espresso in Grafton, and Aromas in South Grafton were among those to show their support.
Caitlin Cain and Amy Hall of ESP Cafe in Grafton were only too happy to support the SES, and will donate all their tips for the day to the SES.
Last year NSW SES volunteers contributed 397,438 hours to help the people of NSW.
Not only did they assist people during storms and floods, but attended to 717 road crashes, provided support to NSW Police Force on 338 missing persons searches, and responded to 423 tasks for remote and rural medical assistance.
To find out how to become a NSW SES volunteer phone 1800 201 000.