WOW DAY: Wear orange this Wednesday to support SES

THE NSW SES has around 9000 men and women who volunteer across the state. They come from all walks of life and range in age from 16 to 90.

In addition to responding to storm, flood and tsunami emergencies, NSW SES volunteers also help other emergency services with roles such as road crash rescue, community first responder, vertical rescue and land searches.

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NSW SES volunteers are highly skilled and undertake extensive training in a range of courses to enable them to undertake these jobs.

Last year NSW SES volunteers responded to more than 50,000 emergency tasks across the state. In the Clarence Nambucca Region alone, volunteers spent countless hours of their time helping their communities in times of need.

Every year a national day of recognition, WOW Day - Wear Orange Wednesday, is held as a way of saying thank you for the efforts of the 40,000 SES volunteers across Australia who give up their time to serve their communities in floods, storms and other emergencies.

For the first time, WOW Day will be recognised during National Volunteer Week on Wednesday, May 11 with the simple call to action: wear orange. Orange is the official colour of the State Emergency Service across the country so wearing orange on WOW Day is a great way to show support for all SES volunteers.

This year it's all about orange 'selfies' and we're asking everyone - you, your friends, family, workmates, boss - even your pets - to get creative with orange, take a selfie of the action and upload to www.wearorange .You can share your selfie on social media with the hashtag #thankyouses.

Other things you can do on WOW Day, Wednesday, May 11, to show your support to the SES volunteers are;

  • Wear something orange to work;
  • Organise a WOW Day morning tea;
  • Host a lunchtime information session providing people in your workplace an opportunity to find out more about the NSW SES;
  • Get your family and friends involved;
  • Go to www.wearorange to find out more.

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