Wagga’s volunteers are hoping to see their city turn orange next week for Wear Orange Wednesday, a national day to recognise the State Emergency Service for all of their hard work.
Wagga SES local controller Daniel Mahoney said people could show their appreciation for our local volunteers by wearing orange come May 23.
“Not just the SES, but all volunteer organisations in Wagga give a lot to our community and do it all for the right reasons, which is fantastic,” Mr Mahoney said.
“We’d love to see all of Wagga get behind it on Wear Orange Wednesday.”
Mr Mahoney said he’d also love to see Wagga follow a trend that has taken other towns and cities by storm in recent years – turning landmarks orange.
“They turned the big dish in Parkes orange, and there’s lots of things they could make orange for the day here in Wagga, too,” Mr Mahoney said.
“You can also go on the SES Facebook page and add an SES tile to your profile picture for the day to show your support.”
Wagga’s SES has already contributed to countless emergency services operations this year, and storm season has not even begun yet.
Earlier this year, the Wagga unit assisted with two recovery missions in the Murrumbidgee River and helped ensure the World Championship Gumi Race ran smoothly.
While the work they do is diverse, Mr Mahoney said all SES volunteers shared a common desire to roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help their communities.
“It's one of those things where you've got all different people from different walks of life and backgrounds who just want to help their community,” he said.
“We’ve already had 20 new volunteers sign up this year, and we’re always looking for more, so anyone interested can jump on our website and get in touch.”